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Friday night, I'm playing with Wolfram Alpha

Friday, May 15, 2009 by Dave Winer.

Okay, I need to get a life.  Permalink to this paragraph

In the meantime here are some searches I did with Alpha. Permalink to this paragraph

1. The obvious vanity searchPermalink to this paragraph

2. A common expletive phrasePermalink to this paragraph

3. Ooops it doesn't know what RSS isPermalink to this paragraph

4. Madison, WisconsinPermalink to this paragraph

5. A favorite moviePermalink to this paragraph

6. A recent moviePermalink to this paragraph

7. Its inventorPermalink to this paragraph

8. A relative. A contemporary. A great old moviePermalink to this paragraph

9. A word I looked up on Google yesterday. (Very good!) Permalink to this paragraph

10. The cosine of 1204. (Something it does very well that I never need.) Permalink to this paragraph

11. A breed of dog. (It thinks it's a chemical.) Permalink to this paragraph

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A picture named dave.jpgDave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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"Helped popularize blogging, podcasting and RSS." - Time.

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