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On 2/21/2018 at 6:37 PM, Anna N said:

Me too. 

 Yeah, me too!


~Martin :)

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8 hours ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

With regard to Alexa setting a timer:  is there any way to control how long she makes the timer completion sound (without having to ask her explicitly to stop)?

 

 

No, not that I've found.

 

 


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The best thing about a vegetable garden is all the meat you can hunt and trap out of it! 

 

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2 hours ago, DiggingDogFarm said:

 

No, not that I've found.

 

 

 

I'd call amazon and ask, but so far I've not spoken with a tech support person who has ever seen an Echo -- or so it would appear.

 

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At least all the tech support scripts are on their computers now, so we no longer have to listen to the discouraging sound of them frantically flipping binder pages. It always irritates me to *have* to have two low-level staffers walk me through all the troubleshooting steps I'd already done before kicking me upstairs to a third-level tech who actually knows stuff. It still makes me fume, but the lack of binder-flipping is progress of a sort. 

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"The only questions that really matter are the ones you ask yourself."

Ursula K. Le Guin

 

"Not knowing the scope of your own ignorance is part of the human condition...The first rule of the Dunning-Kruger club is you don’t know you’re a member of the Dunning-Kruger club.” - psychologist David Dunning

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"The only questions that really matter are the ones you ask yourself."

Ursula K. Le Guin

 

"Not knowing the scope of your own ignorance is part of the human condition...The first rule of the Dunning-Kruger club is you don’t know you’re a member of the Dunning-Kruger club.” - psychologist David Dunning

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This morning, as I baked a few batches of cookies and did laundry, I asked Alexa to set multiple timers for me and appreciated her alarms informing me that the washer or dryer were done or that cookie sheets needed to be rotated.  

Then, when boiling water for my coffee,  the tea kettle started whistling.  I automatically turned my head and called out, "Alexa, stop!"  Sheesh!  

 

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On 6/22/2019 at 4:47 PM, blue_dolphin said:

This morning, as I baked a few batches of cookies and did laundry, I asked Alexa to set multiple timers for me and appreciated her alarms informing me that the washer or dryer were done or that cookie sheets needed to be rotated.  

Then, when boiling water for my coffee,  the tea kettle started whistling.  I automatically turned my head and called out, "Alexa, stop!"  Sheesh!  

 

Then there is putting two fingers on a book and spreading them - expecting the text to get bigger!

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1 hour ago, Kerry Beal said:

Then there is putting two fingers on a book and spreading them - expecting the text to get bigger!

 I do this frequently and get quite annoyed that I am not able to look up a word.

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On 6/22/2019 at 1:47 PM, blue_dolphin said:

I automatically turned my head and called out, "Alexa, stop!"  Sheesh!  

 

I have Alexa, Echo, and Siri in the vicinity.  When one of them does something I need to turn off, I frequently find myself yelling "SiriEchoAlexa stop!"   Just like parents with multiple kids and combining all the names when yelling at them, hoping to get the right one eventually.

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17 hours ago, lemniscate said:

 

I have Alexa, Echo, and Siri in the vicinity.  When one of them does something I need to turn off, I frequently find myself yelling "SiriEchoAlexa stop!"   Just like parents with multiple kids and combining all the names when yelling at them, hoping to get the right one eventually.

My ex-wife, well into adulthood, was miffed that the dog's name often came out before hers in similar circumstances (despite her being the eldest child).

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"The only questions that really matter are the ones you ask yourself."

Ursula K. Le Guin

 

"Not knowing the scope of your own ignorance is part of the human condition...The first rule of the Dunning-Kruger club is you don’t know you’re a member of the Dunning-Kruger club.” - psychologist David Dunning

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Offered without commentary...(except to note that there have been similar stories about the other main vendors as well)

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/07/google-defends-listening-to-ok-google-queries-after-voice-recordings-leak/


"The only questions that really matter are the ones you ask yourself."

Ursula K. Le Guin

 

"Not knowing the scope of your own ignorance is part of the human condition...The first rule of the Dunning-Kruger club is you don’t know you’re a member of the Dunning-Kruger club.” - psychologist David Dunning

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31 minutes ago, chromedome said:

Offered without commentary...(except to note that there have been similar stories about the other main vendors as well)

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/07/google-defends-listening-to-ok-google-queries-after-voice-recordings-leak/

 

Whole new meaning to "kitchen talk".

 

On a more positive note, at least in the UK -- should you cut yourself Alexa will dispense authoritative NHS medical advice.  (But in the US she will reorder frozen peas.)

 

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2 minutes ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

On a more positive note, at least in the UK -- should you cut yourself Alexa will dispense authoritative NHS medical advice.

 

"Save the liver"?

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"The only questions that really matter are the ones you ask yourself."

Ursula K. Le Guin

 

"Not knowing the scope of your own ignorance is part of the human condition...The first rule of the Dunning-Kruger club is you don’t know you’re a member of the Dunning-Kruger club.” - psychologist David Dunning

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12 hours ago, chromedome said:

"Save the liver"?

Julia Child via Dan Ackroyd:D

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1 hour ago, BeeZee said:

Julia Child via Dan Ackroyd:D

 

I enjoyed that immensely!  I hadn't gotten the reference.  Julia could just have asked Alexa.

 

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