I expect Wolfram alpha has done a lot to drive sales of mathematica.
There was one time it worked for me, when I had to compute the derivative of a Lennard-Jones potential function. Even though it gave me a lot of different answers of the same formula written in complex different ways. I just remembered Mathematica has a Simplify function, maybe that would have worked in WA too.
Entering one's birthday and finding out how many weeks or days you lived is kind of fun.
For general calculations and unit conversions I prefer to use Google Calculator, for the simple fact that the page loads much quicker.
Its an amazing resource if you need what it has. So I assume as it keeps expanding I'll use it more and more.
Sometimes it works quite well; other times it's completely unable to parse the input and come up with any kind of answer, no matter how many times you rephrase the query.
As you can see, the queries can sometimes get rather tricky, but that is fun stuff. Also, it's a super-useful calculator.
That strongly suggests somebody do need it.
* Go beyond Alpha's capabilities in home use
* See the need for full-on Mathematica
* Are dedicated enough to make full use of it
* Don't already have access to full-on Mathematica somehow (work/uni computer, etc)
* Can't buy a student license ($140)
* Really wants to spend $300 on it.
Hm, how will I ever figure all that out? :)
Anyhow, from the website usage, it looks like it never took off: http://trends.google.com/websites?q=wolframalpha.com&geo...
It should be possible because Siri uses Wolfram Alpha for some questions.
Living in the path of a mid-size airport this tool is great for identifying noisy airplane types.
To be honest, I think Planefinder is the most impressive at the moment, their data is very, very good and their client is pretty decent as well.
I wasn't able to test your Flash software (Flash won't work on my computer), but since you seem to cater to plane spotters mostly: It would be cool to have your data combined with LiveATC.net so that I can see which planes are near an airport and what their pilots are saying.
I then queried for "Turkish Airlines Flight 8 location" and got the current trip and location, which is indeed right on top of me. Now I can see where my friends and family are when they come to visit!
"Next solar eclipse" works though.
It works really well for me, with the direction of the pass, expected brightness, whether the moon is up and so on.
... because I sure can't.
100 Terabytes a month in megabits a second.
You can even use made-up units ("hits", "people", etc... has a pluralizer). I made it as a personal productivity tool and have a slew of updates in the works =).
Hope the cross-browser issues got solved, I seem to remember that was my major hurdle (I'm on Opera).
Results: No Data Available would be a better result.
Shame it's US only, but I imagine it's difficult collating a full worldwide dataset.
Fortunately, this current thread reminded me to try it out while being close to Newark Intl. Airport (EWR) in New Jersey.
This is what I got and it changes every time I hit refresh, this is a very busy airport:
I saw another comment about this working with Siri, which brings up the whole question about integrating Siri with third party apps for me. But I digress...