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How to Make an Alexa Skill

This is a blurb of a post - I played around in the environment for a bit and didn't complete it. Sometimes, projects just go unfinished. It's not my greatest ambition in life to make an Alexa skill.

The instructions are a bit out of date, I had to create a new role from policy templates, which took me to several other screens. You have to make about 2 separate accounts - One main AWS one, and one Amazon Developer one. 

"earnings"? Something to consider...

'You can provision your own back-end resources or you can have Alexa host them for you.' I suppose I could actually use the Azure equivalent of Lambda if I wanted to.

My favorite part so far has been thinking of the invocation words - You can't use a handful of them. I want to make Alexa going 'Hello, World' to make sense in context. I almost put in 'Bye world' but that sounds very morbid.


I'm guessing this Utterance Profiler does this:"What word could you say to make this work? Let…

A Complete Beginner's Guide to React by Ali Spittel

Why not learn a bit about React? Video here.
 Tech used:React HooksNode.jsProgramming fundamentals (HTML, CSS, Javascript)
Github repoI added the nifty drop down menu. I learned about it on Twitter about 3 days ago.

IRC through mIRC

Story time: I had heard about IRChat in a podcast  (NSFW) at first.  I had no idea until now it was a real thing that not only existed, but still exists.  This is the kind of late 90's "Hackers"-esque mysticism that surrounds tech I love.
IRC is an application based protocol that uses a client/server model to chat over text. They're not necessarily forums, as the functionality is bare-bones 'type words'. Also, little ASCII people like thisヾ(•ω•`)o

Contactless Tech’s Role in the New Guest Experience ft. Intelity and The George

Contactless hospitality technology is growing. You want to get away, and you'll be damned if a little thing like a deadly virus will stop you!But you still don't want to touch things. Ew.During the chat between INTELITY CEO Robert Stevenson and THE GEORGE Director of Operations Kerrie Hunter, you’ll learn how the historic boutique hotel has adapted a mobile-first guest experience in the wake of COVID-19—and how they see contactless technology affecting the future of hospitality.I don't remember how I found INTELITY (probably hoping to score a position with them), but I liked them enough to stay on the e-mail lists.

Introduction to Site Reliability Engineering (Azure)

I'm exploring different avenues of networking besides straightforward "Work on a network, stay late every day, no peace of mind, fight with higher ups to get resources.".

You may have noticed that there's a smattering of UX and HTML/Javascript coding on here. I like coding, but I'm not too knowledgeable yet. UX is what I really enjoy (And I'm even working with a major company to improve theirs).
Site Reliability Engineering seems to be a nice merging of the two. I imagine it's who you call when your eCommerce check-out services craps the bed.
Not naming any names.
This is actually the AZ-400 track

Making a Tourism Slideshow With HTML/CSS/JS (Ft. TraversyMedia)

Video for reference here.
I'm one to encourage good rest over constant work. Yet I found myself awake at 2 AM listening to this video by TraversyMedia, because I was suddenly curious about making a full page image carousel.I wanted to listen before I put hand to keyboard in coding, so at around 3 AM, I pulled up my machine with an idea.

I followed the instructions and did most of the code myself. Here, I outline:The changes in my code from the original.The demo mockup (Here)The changes in the new Tourism: Welcome to Babylos! .The images may take a moment to load at first.
The original video code says .buttons button#next
.buttons button#prev
But the code didn't work! The buttons were still as follows:

I Was Part of a Study for a Major Streaming Service

It is my dream to have a 'working relationship' with companies and tell them "This is great, I especially like x,y, and z." or "Err on the side of caution when doing this - It could be misinterpreted." 
So when a certain company said "Do that, for us, for a few days." I said "Happy to help."
"And we'll pay you!"
"Even happier to help!"
I will not give specifics on information gathered and shared beyond "habits", as I signed a contract.
And when I sign a contract, I consider this contract work. So I will absolutely drop in conversation, "Hey, I consulted for ... someone I can't say... for 🌟10 Days🌟!"

This is about my experience - And I'm happy to say it was pleasant.

The project-runners were clearly people who valued our insight.

Here's a story about them that has nothing to do with the study, but this post should be a little longer.