A neat trick to secure your home from invaders

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First, get an Amazon Echo. You probably already have one, but if not, you’ll need it.

The Echo has this thing called “skills.” A skill is a bit of software that provides the device with some sort of ability. (see for example this post on a math-building skill.)

Once you have the Echo, install the Away Mode skill. You can get it here.

Once installed, Away Mode allows you to tell your Echo to play a long and involved audio of actors playing out various scenarios. If the volume is correctly adjusted, potential home invaders will hear this as conversations happening inside the house, and say away.

These are totally realistic scenes. For example, there is a book club meeting where everything except the book is discussed. It runs for 6 minutes. There is a guy planning a podcast about himself, an emergency PTA meeting to discuss fidget spinners, and a couple having a breakup while also watching TV. In other words, your life.

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4 thoughts on “A neat trick to secure your home from invaders

    1. Yea, Greg is securing against a hypothetical invader by placing a permanent invader.

      Technology panic generated by ignorance of the technology. Classic.

  1. Hahahaha. Before I looked at the link I thought, what a great way to tell if someone has criteria of being 1.Likely in the top 1 percent by wealth. 2. Paranoid. 3. A bit stupid.
    In other words, a really good mark.
    Go to link and yep, some stupid ad for something called hippo insurance to insure ones home. I never heard of this insurance company before.

    Hey Greg, how come you always on about this company called Amazon? Not IBM or Fiat or Woolworths or the corner store or a million other companies in ones, as you say in your final word, ” life ”
    There seriously dosnt seem to be a random diversity in companies you mention.
    It’s a little odd.
    Ya like books which is great. But when you talk about a book of interest ya don’t suggest popping down to the library or bookshop.
    Ya provide a link to amazon.

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