One of my favorite options in the latest round of home automationry is the ability to voice control all the things. The Wink has a pretty substantial list of supported home automation devices. The Alexa can control the Wink. Therefore, the Alexa can do all the things, even though integrations with Alexa were not built for most of those devices by Amazon.
The beauty here lies in the ubiquity of APIs these days. Alexa has a recipe-style option called a Skill (further humanizing her). Basically, you add the Wink skill, then scan for devices that are connected through the Wink, then viola, tell Alexa to do something to them. To get started, open the Alexa app and tap on Skills. Search for Wink and then tap on Enable.
At the Wink screen, enter the username and password for your Wink account and then tap on Sign In.
Provided all goes well, you’ll then be told that Alexa linked with Wink (there’s a joke there… anyone?).
Alexa doesn’t know about your devices that are connected through Wink yet. So now tap on Discover Devices.
The app then shows all the devices connected. Mine will have about 20, but I’ve only got two setup for now.
From the Wink app, let’s add another device.
Then let’s tap Discover Devices again from the Alexa app.
Any new devices are then displayed.
Different devices have different voice commands. For example, a thermostat can change the temperature whereas a light switch can turn on and off, a dimmer can be set to a certain percentage of power, or a garage door opener can open a garage door. Now, if I can only find the dip-switch controlled coffee pot and hook it up to an automated receptacle so Alexa can make me a cup of coffee…
krypted July 7th, 2016
Here’s a little app to sync data from a DynamoDB database to an iOS device. Includes the ability to search. Simply edit the constants file to link it to your source. Enjoy.
krypted June 6th, 2016
Posted In: iPhone
Merry Christmas ya’ll!
On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me one 32 gig iPad
On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me two bash one-liners
On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me three Red Hat servers
On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me four email blasts
On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me five retweets
On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me six regular expressions
On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me seven lines of perl
On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me eight app store apps
On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me nine AWS instances
On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me ten Active Directory forests
On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me 11 crappy python scripts
On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me 12 craft brews
krypted December 25th, 2014
Back in November of 2008 I did an article awhile back on a way to use Amazon’s S3 to hook into Final Cut Server. At the time though, S3 had a pretty big limitation in that it wasn’t really suitable for backing up large video files as an archive device for Final Cut Server. But today, Amazon announced that S3 now supports files of up to 5 terabytes using multipart upload (previously the maximum file size was 5 gigabytes).
This finally means that files do not have to be broken up at the file system layer in order to back up to Amazon’s cloud. However, this does not mean that traditional disk-to-disk backup solutions can be leveraged to provide a good target for backups and archives as backups need to be performed using the multipart upload. The ability to now use S3 for large files allows us to finally use Amazon S3 in a way that is much simpler that it was to do so previously, although it is still not as transparent as using a file system or URI path.
Overall, this represents a great step for Amazon and I hope to see even more of this in the future!
krypted December 10th, 2010
As my most recent information seems to now be on Amazon I have wrapped that into an easy link with links back to this site. It can be found at http://krypted.com/amazon.
krypted February 20th, 2010
Posted In: Business
Updated the Amazon Author Central page with some new information. This includes a little video, a little Bio, a little rss integration and a schedule of speaking events. Also, it includes what appears to be another book… Hope you enjoy!
krypted January 22nd, 2010
Posted In: Articles and Books
The books page had been pulled down for a little while due to some issues I was having embedding images. So I went back to the drawing board and found a way to get a carousel of images. So the page with the books I’ve done is back up and online. Hope you like (and yes, I know they spin too fast, it’s still a little bit of a work in progress).
krypted December 24th, 2009