Shawn Blanc refers back to an eight-year-old assertion by John Gruber that Google’s search bar had become the new command line.
He is right to remind us. While it wasn’t so obvious all those years ago, it has now become crystal clear that John was spot on. Instead of simply looking for web pages, we now Google questions on any subject and get the answer http://512pixels.net/the-new-command-line/quickly. It saves remembering useful reference sites and thinking where to get information. It just works.