A new way to search
Posted May 18, 2009 6:51 a.m. EDT
Play around with Wolfram Alpha, a new search engine.
I don't think is likely to replace Google as your first stop when searching the Web, but it definitely offers some advantages. It searches and computes. It's a good way to find and compare statistics. It loves to display data in graphs and charts.
Don't expect a Google or Yahoo kind of experience. If you Google "WRAL," you get almost 13 million returns, with WRAL.com at the top. I entered "WRAL" in Wolfram Alpha, and it didn't know what to do with it.
But if you were looking for "Raleigh, NC Weather 1989," you could get a raft of data. If you're a student or educator, I think Wolfram Alpha will really help you.
Check it out.