Google’s Abandoned Android Authenticator App

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Android logo.

The news has just broken that Google’s Authenticator App can have its codes stolen by malware. I doubt Google will ever release a fix for this issue – their 2FA app hasn’t been updated since September 2017. Update! 3 months after I published this post, Google updated their app For two-and-a-half years, Google hasn’t touched…

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Alexa Skills – get custom slot names using Flask-Ask

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Alexa Skills Page.

Amazon encourages developers to use Flask-Ask – the handy Python library for working with Alexa. Sadly, the project has been abandoned. They no longer take pull requests, you can’t raise bugs against it, and the documentation is incomplete. So this is how I solved an annoying problem – how to get the name of a…

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Amazon Alexa and Solar Panels

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I can now query my solar panels via my Alexa Amazon Dot Echo thingie (why so many names?). I flatter myself as a reasonably competent techie and programmer, but fuck me AWS Lambdas and Alexa skills are a right pile of shite! Sorry if that sounds a bit harsh, but they’re a pain in the…

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How Do You Solve A Problem Like BlackBerry

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Recently RIM contact developers asking for feedback on why we were or were not planning on developing for Blackberry 10. I was paid $50 for my opinion – in Amazon vouchers. I hope this hasn’t comprimised the honesty of my answers. These are just my thoughts – I can’t claim that they would solve RIM’s…

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