Color me fully unqualified to determine exactly how far and deep genetic fetishes might run in the Mincey clan, but we have our share. As a family, dating back to a great-great grandfather whom I remember, we Mincey folks collect and indulge.
The indulgences might be a mixture of genes and culture but we love Poker, powerful and premium alcohol, sports and gambling (tempered by economics and a Boomer body, of course), and collections. My father collects old cars. I think I’ll wait for an inheritance before indulging myself in automobiles. They’re far more expensive than my digital collections.
One of those– besides the few dozen photo enhancements apps which grace my Mac– is calculators. There are more than two dozen varieties of calculators on my Mac, some I use daily, others are special use, but all have a spot in the calculator collective.
The latest is a simple calculator that does what many others do for more. It’s called Standard Calculator and it’s something of a throwback to yesteryear when calculators had solar panels and were made of plastic and cost even more than this app that’s been around awhile.
All the basics are included in the 99-cent price tag in a visual package that’s easier to view than the Mac’s built-in calculator, but does not blaze any new trail or even bother with conversions.
It’s a simple Mac calculator with memory functions, sin, cos, tan, plus logarithmic functions, asin, acos, atan, and more. While there isn’t a long visual tape of recent calculations like you’d find in the Mac’s built-in calculator, the screen is huge and that makes it easier to see what you’ve enter to perform a specific calculation.
Standard Calculator has been around awhile but only made my collection recently after it was apparent there were not as many Mac calculators as there once was– except for the Mac App Store, where a quick search brings up plenty; some of them free, some with outrageous price tags considering what they do.
My favorite among many remains the famous PCalc, which runs on Mac, iPhone, iPad, and even Watch. I keep it in my Watch Dock which makes it absolutely simple to run off a few quick calculations without having to fish for an iPhone.
If you need support for a 99-cent calculator named Standard Calculator, then you’ll need to brush up on your Chinese, because China seems to be be new home of calculator app developers. This one runs only on the Mac, and if you need more than you get with PCalc, and don’t mind coughing up 99-cents to help the economy in China, then Standard Calculator gives an extra calculating tool on the cheap.
Why do I collect Mac calculators?
Because I can. Because I enjoy the differences. And because everyone should collect something of value.