Custom Cortana MQTT Commands


image Cortana can easily be extended to aid you with your DIY home automaton projects. In this example Cortana sends MQTT commands to open and close a garage door as well as ring the doorbell with custom jingles. By the way, you don’t have to use MQTT, you can also do a whole lot of other things as well from opening a file, opening a program, or launching your favorite websites.

As of the writing of this entry I am frantically trying to finish documenting the MQTT Doorbell and Garage Door Opener devices in separate posts. Hopefully I can get those whipped out in a few days.

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Microsoft Zune HD 32 review

The Zune HD 32 is a nice MP3 and HD video player that can be compared to the IPod Touch. Zune HDs user interface is intuitive and snappy with some really cool features. If you dislike the IPod, ITunes, or Apple this is a really cool device however it doesn’t have the sheer number of apps as the previously mentioned competition.

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