Cortana can command your smart home devices on Windows 10

If you’re using a Windows 10 computer, just type “Cortana Notebook” into the Start menu. You should see a new item called Connected Home. After you enable this, Cortana can connect to smart home services like Hue, SmartThings, Nest, Insteon and Wink.

Source: Cortana can command your smart home devices on Windows 10

One other thing; to get it to work (after you’ve linked a service to Cortana), the “formula” is to say one of the following:

  • Ask {Invocation Name} {Utterance}
  • Tell {Invocation Name} {Utterance}
  • Use {Invocation Name} {Utterance}
  • Get {Invocation Name} {Utterance}
  • Have {Invocation Name} {Utterance}

In my case it was “use Insteon to turn on the TV backlighting”.

More technical information here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/cortana/design-guides/guide-invocation

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Cortana can command your smart home devices on Windows 10

Atlanta Code Camp 2017

I had a great time today at Kennesaw State University with a very cool crew of folks who wanted to learn more about one of my favorite topics: Cortana Skills. (“Does this guy ever talk about anything else?” LOL!)

There have been several changes to the slide deck since the last time presented it due to a few exciting, real-world developments have occurred.

Anyway, slides: https://1drv.ms/f/s!AqKcjfYvOvTcm_dRSgfP2HtIpZSuJQ

Happy Coding!

Atlanta Code Camp 2017

The “unproductive” parts of your work day

I read an article found on Lifehacker (http://lifehacker.com/5932586/make-work-feel-less-like-work-with-the-8020-rule) that resonates with me.

The funny thing is, most of us are already doing this anyway, albeit not in the way we think. The majority of the american workforce steals time for themselves every day. In fact, certain working methodologies allow for this and assume that the “ideal” workday is somewhere between 75% and 81%. True indeed, some of that “extra” time is given to meetings and what not, but on average at least a full hour is viewed as non-productive, every day.

The “unproductive” parts of your work day

Living Life vs. Today’s Technology

https://www.officevibe.com/blog/technology-destroying-work-life-balance

Living Life vs. Today’s Technology

(JAX) Code Impact 2017

Today I geeked out with some very cool people over at the University of North Florida. Special thanks to Bayer White and his cohorts for putting together a great event full of fun, learning and awesome content.

My talk was of course about Cortana… but a significant break from the regular rhetoric. Today, it was all about Cortana Skills and proof positive that Cortana is/can be useful (and intriguing!) on Android and iOS as well. As promised to those folks who braved my one hour session, here is the slide deck that we covered. Thanks again for attending!

(JAX) Code Impact 2017

Orlando Code Camp 2017

I had the pleasure of attending and speaking to a group of folks today at Orlando Code Camp. The topic? Cortana Skills. Not to be confused with Alexa Skills (though you can easily import Alexa Skills that you’ve already created!)

Here is the slide deck that we covered.

Thanks for attending folks!

Orlando Code Camp 2017

Hmm… Eh?

So, apparently I was just banned by Quora.com’s moderation crew. I have no idea if that was automated or by a real person. 

My response…

I’ll keep you posted with the play-by-play on what the heck is going on.
Me? I’m going to take a breather from the “need” to help an organization that obviously doesn’t pay enough attention to its own policies OR has a very heavy-handed way of dealing with “disputes” (of which I have none but one or more folks might be pissed at me from pointing out their obvious commercials on Quora’s site). 

And I’m going to seriously reflect on whether or not I should devote so much time to a community site that devotes absolutely nothing to me, one of its “top contributors”. 

This will be the case even if they’ve been hacked and I’m just an unfortunate casualty.

Hmm… Eh?