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Koushik Dutta (Koush)
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Still tinkering with home automation stuff. The goal is to make Amazon's Echo talk to SmartThings. Amazon has Hue support, which is a top level command in Echo.

You can say something like:
"Alexa, turn off kitchen lights", and it will work with Hue.

Third party home automation apps need to implement commands like the following:
"Alexa, tell SmartThings to turn off the kitchen lights".
"Alexa, ask VeraLite to turn off the dining lights."

Ie, Alexa needs to be told which App to send the command to, there's no implicit handling of the command at the top level "menu".

However, Philips Hue API is just UPNP, and that's how Amazon Echo talks to the Hue.
So, it's possible to wrap the SmartThings API with a local Hue mock-server, and make Echo think it's just talking to a normal Hue hub.
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Thanks for clarifying +Koushik Dutta​
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Nearly all the light switches in my condo replaced with new Zwave switches. Installation wasn't so bad. The switches are making the gang boxes a little crowded.

My first impression is that smart switches are notably less dumb than Hue bulbs. If the switch to a Hue bulb is off, the bulb can't be remotely turned on. I actually have some Hue bulbs hooked up to Smart Switches (grouped), so they behave well (control color and on/off state).

I tried out a few different home automation products, and like Smart Things the best so far. The downside is that Smart Things round trips every single request through the cloud, and has no local API to the hub. If you have a slow connection, you may experience latency (I don't). If your internet connection is down, your house is bricked. You will not be able to turn lights on and off through the app, even if you are home.

The Vera Lite hub doesn't have that shortcoming, as it has a local API, but the product's interface is rather bad. I want to like it, but I can't. There's a huge developer community behind it though.
OpenRemote (some weird AGPL proprietary bag of poop) didn't even manage to discover any devices.

Smart Things is aware of the issue. I believe their next hub version (or software version) will add local API support.

Amazon Echo can talk to Hue, but apparently not Smart Things yet. I think I can fix this via the Echo API.
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Every time someone reshares Lindsey Stirling.
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Just listened to my first Lindsey Sterling piece. Quite cool, but still not as cool as Emilie Autumn in her Unlaced album.
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Paging lazyweb,

I'm guessing that these 3 white wires are 3 neutrals capped together? How does one remove this chinese finger trap so I can access a single neutral wire?
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Ugh, terrible. Or i just too deformed from my work ( working as inspection technic for switchboards) . 
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Google's new mobile network service (MVNO, Sprint and Tmobile). Nexus 6 only.

Invites are open.
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This is expensive
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A novel by fellow heretic +Liam Spradlin 

Good read
Of course, now that we've posted Getting To Know Android: Lollipop Edition, it's time to get picky and have a look at the things that still need fixing. As... by Liam Spradlin in Design, Lollipop 5.0/5.1, Stock Android Isn't Perfect, Videos
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"Stock android isn't perfect" compared to what ? 
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Google gets a new storefront at store.google.com

Nexus 7 disappeared. No links to it anywhere. I guess they're done with it?

Update:
I renamed the Nexus 9 URL to Nexus 7, and it's been discontinued.
Shop at the Google Store for Android phones and tablets, Chromebooks, Android Wear, Chromecast, Nest, plus a selection of accessories.
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+Christopher Friedel you can definitely still grab 5.1 for the n7 if you're having trouble on 5.0.2. It's on the factory images page like all the other ones.
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It's been a good run all
Google recently funded a study by Stanford and Cornell scientists that resulted in an algorithm that can identify and target Internet trolls for banning with an 80 percent accuracy rate.
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If it could just flag potential trolls, it would be best. 
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I needed new girlfriend and ......
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Insteon

This is the review I read about Insteon switches that scared me off from buying them. Anyone else use Insteon? How are they?

Given that this guy had 50 out of 70 switches fail, it's entirely plausible he installed them wrong, or something is terribly wrong with his wiring.
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Tons of issues. Not compatible with new arc fault breakers. Fails after warranty, unreliable. 
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Finally got around to installing some of the Zwave switches (Linear dimmer, far left).

For some insane reason, the gang boxes on the new dimmers are oversized. I had to rearrange the witch panel so the dimmers were on the outside, otherwise they wouldn't fit.

Will need to return the rest of the Linear dimmers, as there's no way they'll fit anywhere else in my place.
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+Koushik Dutta if you do plan to try your hand in the electrical boxes in the future, you should absolutely get a "hot" circuit tester. You can get it at a hardware / home improvement store. Mine looks sort of like a ball point pen. When you put it near a live wire it beeps. It's a good test to be sure you shut off the correct breaker and all the correct breakers.
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Creator of ROM Manager, ClockworkMod Recovery, Helium, DeskSMS, and a bunch of other stuff.

I've also written a bunch of handy libraries like AndroidAsync, Ion, UrlImageViewHelper, and more.

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