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Mar
22

Alexa Observations

By david  //  Technical Tips  //  Comments Off on Alexa Observations

These are some simple observations I made while testing Alexa Skills under development.

For address slot types, the simulator requires complete street types such as spelling out “drive” or “circle”. Acronyms are not accepted. The first grey bubble shows that the simulator stops and does not send a request.

address_bubble

 

If an empty bubble appears in the simulator, then your program returned a JSON with an empty outputSpeech parameter to Alexa:


alexa_empty_text_bubble

 

When you click on “Return to the developer console” before a session has ended, it may be buffered and sent as the first request to the skill’s code during the next session. An indicator of that occurring will be the “audio response only” bubble at the beginning of the next session:

buffered_sessionendedrequest

 

Feb
7

Thanks – “Designing Multimodal Skills for Alexa presentation”

By david  //  Technical Tips  //  Comments Off on Thanks – “Designing Multimodal Skills for Alexa presentation”

Feb
2

FirstButton Installer

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FirstButton 1.60 has been released at liquiditylighthouse.com.

FirstButton will install a toolbar button on the legacy desktop Internet Explorer browser.

The Installer for this blog is now available for download at: download deylogo.exe here

Source code is located on github at: github.com/FirstButton/FirstButton

 

Feb
1

Basic Composer Commands

By david  //  Technical Tips  //  Comments Off on Basic Composer Commands

Log on to SSH for your linux host, and enter the following commands.

– to show the version of composer-managed packages:
php composer.phar show

– to update all installed vendor products on the server:
php composer.phar update
(All Vendor Software will then be updated by Composer.)

Manually version number of package required in composer.json, if a specific version is needed.

– to update just one installed product on the server:
php composer.phar update product/product-php
(One Vendor Product will be updated using software stored at github.)

Jan
29

FirstButton 1.60 Released – Liquidity Lighthouse

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Jan
21

Thanks for Alexa Dev Day Dallas (Aug 1, 2017)

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Mar
19

Update – preventing Windows 10 upgrade

By david  //  Technical Tips  //  Comments Off on Update – preventing Windows 10 upgrade

This is an update to the earlier post on how to prevent Windows from constantly offering to upgrade to Windows 10.

The batch uninstallers have been modified to perform quiet uninstallations. Only a prompt to restart/reboot the system should be displayed at the end.

Many Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users will want to keep their current operating system.
To disable the Windows 10 update notifications, follow these steps.
For a permanent disabling, follow steps 1, 2, and 3.
To leave open the possibility of a future OS upgrade, follow steps 1 and 3, skipping step 2.

1)  Uninstall the following updates through Windows Update, if they have already been downloaded.

For Windows 8.1:
Run these individual batch files (Administrator rights may be required), or run the Remove All file to remove all at once.
A reboot may be prompted after the KB’s have uninstalled.

Remove All of these KBs, or
 
Remove KB3173040
 
Remove KB3150513
 
Remove KB3123862
 
Remove KB3035583
 
Remove KB2976978

Information on KB3173040    Information on KB3150513    Information on KB3123862

Information on KB3035583    Information on KB2976978

 

For Windows 7:
Run these 2 batch files (Administrator rights may be required).
A reboot may be prompted after the KB’s is uninstalled.

Remove All of these KBs, or
 
Remove KB3173040
 
Remove KB3150513
 
Remove KB3123862
 
Remove KB3035583
 
Remove KB2952664

Information on KB3173040    Information on KB3150513    Information on KB3123862

Information on KB3035583    Information on KB2952664

 

2)  Apply either group policy updates, or 2 registry updates recommended by Microsoft.
(Download the registry updates hereRegistry Update File)

Microsoft has details of the registry changes here: KB3080351

Keys:
Subkey: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate
DWORD value: DisableOSUpgrade = 1

Subkey: HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade
DWORD value: ReservationsAllowed = 0

 

3)  Manually hide updates KB3123862, KB3035583, KB2976978, KB2952664 using the Control Panel.

Hiding Instructions from sevenforums.com
 

 

Oct
17

How to customize your Website’s Error Pages (revised)

By david  //  Technical Tips  //  Comments Off on How to customize your Website’s Error Pages (revised)

Minor update to the document, to change the following lines in the .htaccess file:

Old: ErrorDocument 401 http://www.david-e-young.com/401page.htm
        ErrorDocument 403 http://www.david-e-young.com/403page.htm
        ErrorDocument 404 http://www.david-e-young.com/404page.htm
        ErrorDocument 500 http://www.david-e-young.com/500page.htm

New: ErrorDocument 401 /401page.htm
         ErrorDocument 403 /403page.htm
         ErrorDocument 404 /404page.htm
         ErrorDocument 500 /500page.htm

This change accomodates both https:// and http:// connections

This article explains the process for customizing the standard 404 and other error pages on your Website.

PDF Article Here

 

Oct
14

Windows 7 Rollups and preventing Updates

By david  //  Technical Tips  //  Comments Off on Windows 7 Rollups and preventing Updates

The following Windows Update Rollups have recently been made available in the Windows Update utility for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.

If they are installed, there is a good chance that they will also install the Windows 10-related KBs that were previously hidden in the post Update – preventing Windows 10 upgrade.

After installing any of the Rollup KBs, I would recommend running the uninstallation scripts and following the instructions on that page.

 

June 2016 update rollup

 

July 2016 update rollup

 

August 2016 update rollup

 

September 2016 update rollup

 

Feb
14

Code Signing after SHA-1 phaseout

By david  //  Technical Tips  //  Comments Off on Code Signing after SHA-1 phaseout

Comodo and Ksoftware have been generously providing replacement certificates to current customers, as a result of the SHA-1 phaseout. The following link explains new code signing (Authenticode) steps, to support multiple Windows versions.

This impacts Software vendors/developers, and should not be confused with the SSL certificate replacement for browsers.

http://certhelp.ksoftware.net/support/solutions/articles/215805-the-truth-about-sha1-sha-256-and-code-signing-certificates-

An important prerequisite mentioned in the article – the Windows 8.1 SDK version of Signtool is needed, for dual signing capabilities.

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