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Re: Re: Wolfram|Alpha Lookup Tool for Mathematica

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  • Subject: [mg99868] Re: [mg99863] Re: [mg99850] Wolfram|Alpha Lookup Tool for Mathematica
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Mon, 18 May 2009 02:29:01 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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Later this morning (Saturday) and at various times in the afternoon, the 
response was quite reasonable.  From time to time I'd still encounter a 
"I'm sorry Dave" message, but typically if I waited a few seconds and 
re-submitted the query, the normal response followed.

What I did not know until I watched the pre-launch video at 
was that this weekend is NOT supposed to be a normal up-time, but rather 
a public test run.

Murray Eisenberg wrote:
> Alas, the tool may be of limited value right now, because Wolfram|Alpha 
> is overloaded to the point of barely working.  That's on a Saturday 
> morning about 10:20 a.m. EDT.
> Even when I browsed directly to, it took several 
> minutes for the home page to load.  Then, when I typed in a query (my 
> birthdate), I got back a message:
>    "I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that...
>     Wolfram|Alpha has temporarily exceeded its
>     current maximum test load.
>     See the live video feed of the Control Center>>"
> Several minutes later, I tried again. I got a report back almost 
> immediately giving the Input interpretation and showing a date format, 
> but below that just 6 progress bars that kept running for several 
> minutes until I gave up.
> Next, I typed in one of the suggested math formulas: x^2 sin(x). I got 
> back information about that -- graphs, an alternate form using complex 
> exponentials, roots, series expansion, ..., almost immediately!  (But 
> perhaps that one was already cached on the site?)
> David Reiss wrote:
>> With the release of Wolfram|Alpha I have created a small tool that
>> allows you to send a query to Wolfram|Alpha directly from Mathematica.
>> The tool is a simple dialog with an input field where you can type a
>> query to be sent to Wolfram|Alpha.
>> After entering your query in the input field simply click on the
>> "Wolfram|Alpha Lookup" button and the query will be sent to Wolfram|
>> Alpha via your default web browser.
>> You can download the tool from here:
>> or here:
>> Enjoy!
>> --David

Murray Eisenberg                     murray at
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