Musings on the byways of popular culture
10/01/2017 by daff 13 Comments
10/01/2017 at 15:16
Now that Christmas has been and gone I was wondering if anyone here got an Echo?
I know it won’t be to everyone’s taste but, to be honest, I think it is great! I bought both the Echo and the Echo Dot in the so-called Black Friday that the Tax Dodgers did……..I tried the Echo but sent it back as the sound from it doesn’t compare to my Bose Soundlink however at just £40 the Dot was a bargain😀 It works perfectly with the aforementioned Soundlink and at £3.99 a month I get access to Amazon’s fairly massive music library. Alarms and timers are easy to set and handy to be able to link to my Google Calendar too.
Hopefully it should link to my Bose Play 3 over the coming weeks.
It copes with most questions that I throw at it but, occasionally, it stumbles and can’t answer something.
A good one is : ‘Alexa – how many roads must a man walk down?
‘ By the way I have no idea why this didn’t post properly the first time I tried to send it. 😡
Leicester Bangs says
10/01/2017 at 15:24
What do you do if you have a family member named Alexa?
10/01/2017 at 15:42
Apparently you can change the trigger word. Who knew you’d need to have the safe words conversation with a household appliance.
GCU Grey Area says
10/01/2017 at 15:57
It’s probably going to get even worse in future.
‘Alexa; slow, steady strokes, please’.
10/01/2017 at 19:34
Yep, you can change it to echo or Amazon – we often say Alexa in our house as joke because it’s the name of our local Amazon Lockers so we changed our Dot to respond to Echo but found that it was more likely to respond to something said on television.
There are several lists on the Web of good questions to ask things like Alexa, Siri or Cortana and there are several amusing answers, a couple we came up with without cheating are “Is it time for bed?” & “I don’t feel well”. If you say “Good Morning” you get a bon mots based on a fact for the day.
10/01/2017 at 15:39
I thought it would be about this:
So if I had one (and I’m not planning to) my first would be “Alexa, disable voice-driven purchases!”
10/01/2017 at 16:02
I’m asking about her Downeaster.
Hang on, this isn’t a Billy Joel thread is it…
As you were.
Billybob Dylan says
10/01/2017 at 20:31
I got a Dot for Christmas. I love it! But I discovered that either Amazon Music doesn’t have Nick Drake’s ‘River Man’ in their collection or the Echo doesn’t understand my accent. It played the Cortinas’ ‘Fascist Dictator’ though!
Neil Jung says
10/01/2017 at 21:17
My Alexa plays River Man by Nick Drake. Wouldn’t play Camel though.
I really like the Echo. I bought it for my wife, who is generally an early adopter. Now she want to spend £279 on a wifi heating controller so she can use Alexa to control the heating and hot water. A bit of an own goal there by me.
We, well I, mostly use it for weather forecasts, compiling shopping lists, playing music. Not sure what my wife uses it for, if anything!
What else should we be using it for?
11/01/2017 at 00:46
It wouldn’t play Camel, eh? Good Lord, this artificial intelligence business is even more advanced than I thought.
10/01/2017 at 22:47
I’m struggling to see a use for it at the moment (although I haven’t actually bought one yet). I will definitely take the plunge on a Dot, however, when Sonos introduce their support for it later this year. If that works well it will be worth the £40 even if i use it for nothing else
11/01/2017 at 00:45
My Sonos app on my computer already sees the Echo Dot as a device to connect to. Haven’t tried it out, but I’m presuming it works already.
11/01/2017 at 00:51
If it wasn’t for the fact that I live in a tiny 1-bed flat, I’d get a Dot and automate everything in sight.
Can’t really see a lot of use for it at present.
Maybe I should buy one for my nephew and his wife Alexa..
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