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  1. I have a LOT of Alexa Routines! Sometimes when creating a new one, I have to delete old ones that the no longer use Today I ran into a strange problem that has to do with a new feature that Alexa has incorporated that sorts the Routines I was used to there being a "disabled" section at the bottom of the list, so that when I saw one of my recently modified ones at the top I assume it was enabled. My problem is that it wouldn't trigger... Took me a while to figure out it was disabled, as I could manually "play" it Worse yet, all my recently disable routine showed up at the top
  2. Has anyone found a way to arm their Ring Alarm system through an Alexa Routine? I know it easy to arm it verbally, but I don't see a way to use an Alexa Routine. I would like to arm it a specific time and there doesn't seem to be a way even in the mobile Ring app. I didn't find a way to do it in SmartThings, but Simple Commands claims to have a way to arm a Ring Alarm, but it requires two-factor authentication I have been hesitant to turn on two-factor authentication on my Ring and Nest accounts as its unclear to me if I will get a text challenge on EVERY time I connect to the account, or just the first time? Can someone clear that up?
  3. I've been quite distracted working Bixby capsule and didn't notice this update I noticed that Alexa Routines have two new interesting features. You can now NAME your Routines... You can now invoke IFTTT applets within a Routine. Previously you could only speak the name of the Webhook event with the word "trigger" in front of it
  4. This does a good job of covering the pluses and minuses https://www.techhive.com/article/3327501/how-to-use-alexa-routines.html
  5. For quite a while now I've been using the technique of having one Echo Dot command another Echo Dot to perform an action that can only be spoken. In my work with those living independently who have trouble remembering or correctly saying the commands, I have been using the Echo "Dots in a Box" https://community.automatelife.net/topic/305-power-up-your-alexa-routines-with-dots-in-a-box/?tab=comments#comment-1520 In this Use Case, I'm showing several Echo Buttons on a tray with resident Echo Dots performing the same function, with the benefit of keeping one Dots outside the box. This was done without the use of a SmartThings Hub https://youtu.be/nzTRVpHLT4s Frank
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