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    Fun with Alexa

    I just built my home this past summer, and allowed for "smart home" devices in the wiring. I did all of the low voltage wiring myself.

    At the time, I was still battling with which "smart home" platform to use, and reviews of the leading contenders kept changing. (I had used Lowe's IRIS in my previous home, but there just didn't seem to be that much ongoing development and third party devices)

    For Christmas, my son-in-law got me an Amazon Dot. I played with it a bit, asking for weather reports, stuff like that, and decided to get a couple smart plugs and switches.

    I was also able to tie in my existing smart thermostat, both garage doors, security camera system....

    Then I added another dot at my Church office, and was pleasantly surprised to discover I can control all my home devices from the office, and vise versa.

    I have fun walking into my church office and saying "Alexa, turn on Pastor Lights". My wife loves turning on the bedroom lights from the living room, before she goes down that hall at night.

    I have a new hobby!


    Just one question... why's there a tiny 666 on the bottom of the dots?

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    I have a dot too. I use it to control the livingroom lamp and my TV through my logitech Harmony hub. When I get home I say "Alexa, turn everything on" and the light and TV come on. When I leave the house or go to bed, "turn everything off" I can also tell her to change to a specific channel, or to switch to my PC or FireTV which are hooked into the TV/hub. Then on fireTV I can say "watch Stranger Things" or whatever and she puts it on.

    She also sings.

    Tell her to sing you a pirate song.

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    I need to program a skill to let her interface with Theologyweb. Then I can say, "Alexa, Ban Rogue06 again!"

    Or "Alexa, Post standard reply #16 to JimL"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    I need to program a skill to let her interface with Theologyweb. Then I can say, "Alexa, Ban Rogue06 again!"
    Sounds like a joke spell one of my AD&D DMs made up called "Dagmar's Instant Death". The joke was that people playing mages thought they could use it to kill opponents, whereas what it actually did was kill Dagmar instantly (which only inconvenienced him since he was immortal and would just immediately return to life).
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    Quote Originally Posted by One Bad Pig View Post
    Sounds like a joke spell one of my AD&D DMs made up called "Dagmar's Instant Death". The joke was that people playing mages thought they could use it to kill opponents, whereas what it actually did was kill Dagmar instantly (which only inconvenienced him since he was immortal and would just immediately return to life).
    Alexa, activate OBP-to-Bacon protocol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    Alexa, activate OBP-to-Bacon protocol.
    That wouldn't do anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by One Bad Pig View Post
    That wouldn't do anything.
    well of course not. nothing to worry your oinky little head about.

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    Mrs CP and I had fun last night asking Alexa to play songs we haven't heard in ages.

    From Glen Miller and the Big Band Era to silly children songs to old old Country like Roy Rogers and Dale Evans...

    I found some good old songs by the Kingston Trio....

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    Oh, and I purposely set this all up on a guest network with limited access, and that can be shut off in a heartbeat.

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