Amazon Echo Commands

Basic commands
Ask for help: “Alexa, help.”
Mute or unmute: “Alexa, mute” or, “Alexa, unmute.”
Stop or pause: “Alexa, stop” or, “Alexa, shut up.”
Change volume: “Alexa, set volume to 5,” “Alexa, louder” or, “Alexa, turn up/down the volume.”

Media controls
Play music: “Alexa, play some music.”
Queue specific song or artist: “Alexa, play music by [artist].”
Play a song based on context: “Alexa, play the latest Avett Brothers album” or, “Alexa, play that song that goes ‘Gotta gotta be down, because I want it all.'”
Play Spotify music: “Alexa, play on Spotify.”
Play Pandora station: “Alexa, play [artist] station on Pandora.”
Play a radio station: “Alexa, play [radio station] on TuneIn.”
Play an audiobook: “Alexa, play [title] on Audible,” “Alexa, read [title]” or, “Alexa, play the book, [title].”
Resume the last played audiobook: “Alexa, resume my book.”
Skip audiobook chapters: “Alexa, next chapter” or, “Alexa, previous chapter.”
Listen to Alexa read you a Kindle book: “Alexa, read me my Kindle book.”
Set a sleep timer: “Alexa set a sleep timer for 45 minutes” or, “Alexa, stop playing in 45 minutes.”
Song information: “Alexa, what’s playing?”
Music controls: “Alexa, play” or, “Alexa, next.”
Restart song: “Alexa, restart.”
Add a song to your Prime Music library: “Alexa, add this song.”
Like or dislike a song on Pandora and iHeartRadio: “Alexa, I like this song” or, “Alexa, thumbs down.”
Start Amazon Music Unlimited trial: “Alexa, start my free trial of Amazon Music Unlimited.”

Time and date
Set an alarm: “Alexa, set an alarm for 7 a.m.” or, “Alexa, wake me up at 7 in the morning.”
Set a repeating alarm: “Alexa, set a repeating alarm for weekdays at 7 a.m.”
Set a timer: “Alexa, set a timer for 15 minutes.”
Set multiple timers: “Alexa, set a second timer for 5 minutes.”
Check timer status: “Alexa, how much time is left on my timer?”
Ask the time: “Alexa, what time is it?”
Ask the date: “Alexa, what’s the date?”
Ask when the next alarm is: “Alexa, when’s my next alarm?”
Cancel an alarm: “Alexa, cancel my alarm for 2 p.m.”
Snooze alarm: “Alexa, snooze.”
Check dates: “Alexa, when is [holiday] this year?”

To-do and shopping lists
Add task to to-do list: “Alexa, add ‘go to the grocery store’ to my to-do list” or, “Alexa, I need to make an appointment with the doctor.”
Create a new to-do item: “Alexa, create a to-do.”
Check calendar events: “Alexa, what’s on my calendar for tomorrow?”
Add an event to a calendar: “Alexa, add [event] to my calendar for [day] at [time]” or, “Alexa, add an event to my calendar.”
Create a shopping list: “Alexa, add eggs to my shopping list” or, “Alexa, I need to buy laundry detergent.”
Check your shopping list: “Alexa, what’s on my shopping list?”

News and weather
Ask for your Flash Briefing: “Alexa, what’s my Flash Briefing?”
Check headlines: “Alexa, what’s in the news?”
Check weather: “Alexa, what’s the weather like?” or, “Alexa, will it rain today?” or even “Alexa, will I need an umbrella today?”
Get a weather forecast: “Alexa, what’s the weather going to be like this weekend?
Get traffic information: “Alexa, what’s my commute look like?” or, “Alexa, what’s traffic like?”

Entertainment and food
Find movies in nearby cinemas: “Alexa, what movies are playing?” or, “Alexa, what action movies are playing tonight?”
Get information on movies playing: “Alexa, tell me about the movie [title].”
Discover nearby restaurants: “Alexa, find me a nearby pizza restaurant.”
Get operating hours or a phone number for local businesses: “Alexa, find the address for Bank of America” or, “Alexa, find business hours for Harris Teeter.”
Get IMDb rating: “Alexa, what is the IMDb rating for [movie or TV show]?”
Get casting for a movie or show: “Alexa, who plays in [movie or TV show]?”
Find out who an actor is: “Alexa, who plays [character] in [movie or TV show]?”
Find an actor’s latest work: “Alexa, what is [actor]’s latest movie?”
Find out who sings a particular song: “Who sings the song [title]?”
Get the names of band members: “Who is in the band [name]?”
Get album information: “What year did [band] release [song or album]?”
Find popular music from an artist: “Alexa, what’s popular from [artist]?”
Sample music from an artist: “Alexa, sample songs by [artist].”
Find a particular album or song: “Alexa, find [song or album] by [artist].”

Convert units: “Alexa, how many [units] are in [units]?”
Convert units: “Alexa, how many [units] are in 2 [units]?”
Basic maths: “Alexa, what’s 5 plus 7?” or, “Alexa, what’s 56 times 33?”
Advanced maths: “Alexa, 70 factorial.” (Warning: Alexa will list numbers you didn’t know existed for about a minute.)

Definitions and spelling
Get the definition of a word: “Alexa, what’s the definition of [word]?”
Get the spelling of a word: “Alexa, how do you spell [word]?”

Check the results of a finished game: “Alexa, what was the score of the [team] game?”
Ask if a team won: “Alexa, did the [team] win?”
Ask when the next game is scheduled: “Alexa, when do the [team] play next?”
Find out the results of your favorite teams: “Alexa, give me my Sports Update.”
Get Fantasy Football update with the Yahoo Fantasy Football skill: “Alexa, ask Yahoo Fantasy Football for a score update” or, “Alexa, ask Yahoo Fantasy Football if Colin Kaepernick is playing this week.”

Reorder essentials from Amazon: “Alexa, buy more deodorant” or, “Alexa, reorder deodorant.”
Track packages from Amazon: “Alexa, where’s my stuff?” or, “Alexa, track my order.”
Order an Amazon Alexa device: “Alexa, order an Echo,” “Alexa, order an Echo Dot,” or, “Alexa, order an Amazon Tap.”
Add an item to your cart: “Alexa, add garbage bags to my cart.”
Order an Uber or Lyft with their skills: “Alexa, ask Uber to request a ride” or, “Alexa, ask Lyft for a ride.”
While listening to music in Amazon Music: “Alexa, buy this song” or, “Alexa, buy this album.”
Find new music to purchase: “Alexa, shop for new music by [artist].”
Purchase a song or album from an artist: “Alexa, buy [song or album] by [artist].”
Ask about deals: “Alexa, what are your deals?”

Smart home
Turn lights on or off: “Alexa, turn on the lights” or, “Alexa, turn off the living room lights.”
Dim the lights: “Alexa, dim the lights to 50 percent.”
Adjust temperature: “Alexa, raise the temperature 1 degree.”
Set temperature: “Alexa, set the temperature to 72.”
Lock your doors: “Alexa, lock my back door.”
Close your garage door: “Alexa, ask Garageio to close my garage.”
Discover smart home devices: “Alexa, discover my devices.”
Pair a Bluetooth device: “Alexa, pair” or, “Alexa, Bluetooth.”
Connect to a Bluetooth device: “Alexa, connect to my phone.”
Disconnect from a a Bluetooth device: “Alexa, disconnect from my phone.”
Use IFTTT recipes: “Alexa, trigger [IFTTT recipe].”
Activate a scene (limited to Control4, Insteon, Lutron Caséta Wireless, Philips Hue, SmartThings and Wink): “Alexa, turn on Movie Time” or, “Alexa, turn on Bedtime.”
Control GE appliances with the Geneva skill: “Alexa, tell Geneva to preheat my oven to 400 degrees” or, “Alexa, ask Geneva is my laundry is dry.”
Locate a lost phone with the TrackR Lost My Phone skill: “Alexa, ask TrackR to find my phone.”
Control the TV via Harmony hub: “Alexa, turn on the TV” or, “Alexa, turn on Netflix.”

Enable skills: “Alexa, enable Jeopardy!”
Disable skills: “Alexa, disable Domino’s.”

Get Wikipedia information: “Alexa, Wikipedia: [subject].”
Tell Alexa to continue reading a Wikipedia entry: “Alexa, tell me more.”
Ask a general question: “Alexa, how tall is [person or object’s name]?”
Ask a general question: “Alexa, how many people live in America?”
Get a “Game of Thrones” quote: “Alexa, give me a ‘Game of Thrones’ quote.”

Easter eggs
“Alexa, good morning.”
“Alexa, tell me a joke.”
“Alexa, tell me a fact.”
“Alexa, beam me up.”
“Alexa, set phasers to kill.”
“Alexa. Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.”
“Alexa, my name is Inigo Montoya.”
“Alexa, I want the truth.”
“Alexa, party on, Wayne.”
“Alexa, show me the money.”
“Alexa, what’s the first (or second) rule of Fight Club?”
“Alexa, surely you can’t be serious.”
“Alexa, are you SkyNet?”
“Alexa, party time!”
“Alexa, open the pod bay doors.”
“Alexa, when am I going to die?”
“Alexa, what is your quest?”
“Alexa, nice to see you, to see you…”
“Alexa, don’t mention the war.”
“Alexa, this is a dead parrot.”
“Alexa, what is your cunning plan?”

Blurry / Poor Refresh Mac windows?

  • Delete /Library/Preferences/
  • Delete ~/Library/Preferences/ByHost/*.plist
  • Shutdown OSX
  • Startup, immediately press and hold the P and R keys while holding down the option (⌥) and command (⌘) keys before the gray boot screen appears, which resets the PRAM
  • You may have to reset your display preferences (resolution) once you login
  • Done!

Jailbroken iPhone Apps

ifile/filza (filesystem + cloud storage integration)

flex 2.5 (particularly amazing, can tweak any individual app)

fascy (faster scrolling acceleration)

flipcontrolcenter (customized cc toggles)

mikoto (angelxwind’s amazing multipurpose tweak)

hudtransparent8 (get rid of that godaweful volume indicator blocking the whole screen)

afc2/ssh – store and access files without itunes via computer

youtube++ (no ads + youtube downloader & backgrounder)

itransmission (torrent)

+ some ipad specific stuff for my ipad (force phone apps to full screen, retroarch emulator, controllers4all – use a ds4 controller)

Funny Wifi Names



Funny Wifi Names



You kids get off my lan

I am cheating on my wifi

Help, I am trapped in a router

A van down by the river

Protected cex

Don’t touch me

Click here to inject virus.

FBI surveillance

Funny Wifi Network Names

The lan before time

I am under your bed

Error 404 not found

Wifi connection failed

Click here to disconnect

Hacking your computer

2 girls 1 router

Network not found

No device found

Feel like flying

Creative Wifi Names

Call me maybe

This is not free either

Child toucher

Your dog shit in my yard

I have seen you naked

I am under your bed

Ouch sat on my nutz

Searching for device

Our internet is faster than yours

Get your own damn internet

Clever Wifi Names

You pay now

Use this one mom

Please connect for identity theft

Virus distribution centre

No free so get stuffed

You can’t see me

Can you smell me?

Get off my lan

All your bandwidth belong to us

Wi believe I can fi

Cool Wifi Names

Silence of the lan

Look ma, no wires?

I can haz wireless?

The promised lan

Series of tubes

It burns when ip

Lan of milk and honey

I am cheating on my wifi

I am the internet

Drop it like it’s hotspot

Good Wifi Names

Keep it on the download

Don’t touch my daughter

Free cex

Unprotected cex

Osama bin laden



If you smell

Hey don’t use my internet

I can see you blustered

Best Wifi Names

Hang on

Free hat

First time cex

Role play cex

Outdoor cex

Break the bed cex

Newlywed cex

Who the hell are you

Net gear

Sorry for loud cex

Funniest Wifi Names

Get out from my network

Your all noobs

Unsecured connection


Connection is about to lost

Pocket rocket

Quit stealing my paer

Stay off my router

One does not simply connect to wifi

Your wifi is in another castle

Funny Wifi Network Names

This is not free either

Call me maybe

Sour patch kids

Undercover police car

Because a lannister never forgets

Nsa net secure

Slow wifi

Optimus prime

Tell my wifi lover

I can haz wireless

Great Wifi Names

Hidden network

Virus network


Malware found

Virus detected dot use

Pay me

Stealing information

Hacking on progress

Your device may cause harm

Use your own risk

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Wifi Client Isolation on a Billion 7800DXL

1. Click on Interface Grouping
2. Click on ‘Add’
3. Enter a ‘Group Name’ eg guest
4. Under ‘Available LAN Interfaces’ select your ‘Guest Network’ and click on the arrow pointing left, so the guest wifi network should now be added to ‘Grouped LAN Interfaces’
5. Click on ‘Apply’
6. Under ‘Group Isolation’ tick the box and click on ‘Apply’
7. Click on ‘LAN >> Ethernet’
8. Under ‘Group Name’ select your guest wifi group for this example I used ‘guest’
9. Tick ‘LAN Side Firewall’ and click on ‘Apply’



Clearing down iCloud duplicates


1) Open “Photos” on your Mac.
2) Export an entire photo library to a folder.
3) Close “Photos”.
4) Create a new library.
5) Open the new empty library in Photos and drag everything in that exported folder to Photos app. You can use CMD+A in finder.
6) During the import you will be prompted to choose what you want to have done for duplicate photos and it will show you the first two identical photos that it has found.
7) Select “skip” and “apply to all”

Apple force touch

The iPhone 6S brings in the latest of apple technologies, a revolutionary haptic feedback technology that pushes the boundaries developed by Apple back in, 2008. 6 years later it thunders in to the marketplace on the Apple Watch, a first gen device whose need has yet to be fully understood so has been heavily marketed by Apple as a fashion accessory. 

 I bought my IPhone 6S on the second day it was on the market. My 4S was looking rather battered and I wanted a different device as a backup to my LG G4. Strafing all the ecosystems as I do, I didn’t want another of the same as there are some things IOS offers that Android doesn’t, like iCloud synching with my Mac and a couple of statistical apps that Android devs have yet to get near to mimicking with such finesse. 

So background aside, what’s has his to do with force touch? Well, 146 days in I have just realised that I have only used this fantastical feature once, and that was only to try it out. Much like the Slo-mo video and the utterly awfully pointless space hogger that is Live Photos, which is almost impossible to use in hand without blurring the video. 

Getting back to force touch, why have I only used it once? Why has right click not taken my life by storm? Simple really, it’s not been usefully implemented. Right click should be the gateway to rapidly perform regularly repeated tasks. It should also always be there and ideally, be consistent. 

A quick test on the apps on my home screen reveals that less than half support the FT menuing system. Big hitters (or missers….) include Plex, Sonos, Google Music, Lightwaverf, Gmail, Netatmo – not even Apple Weather. 

Yes you can blame the developers for this absence, but that doesn’t help me does it. Plus I have to go around finding out what does and doesn’t work and also what features are offered if I do stumble across one that does. It feels a little bit like winning the lottery though when you do find an app that has an FT menu, much like how it used to feel when you went to plug in the old Apple 30 pin connector and got it the right way round first time, so at least there is that.