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Old Yesterday, 12:23 PM   #3721
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I just tried my Echo Plus and it does give a blue ring and knows what time it is. I did not test further though. I do know that it won't control my Kasa Smart Wi-Fi LED Light Bulbs though, however I can control them via their Kasa app w/o internet as long as WiFi is working. But these bulbs use their own built-in hubs rather than the Echo Plus's hub.
Yeah, I'd assume that local control only works with devices directly connected to the Echo's hub, not linked through another service, since any interaction with the linked account (kasa, wemo, wink, etc) would require internet.
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Wow, just imagine what life will be like when the solar kill shot takes our the whole internet and electric grid. Why, we'll need to re-learn how to lite the charcoal grill with MATCHES! Be thankful that we won't have to rub sticks together until the Bic runs out of butane.

I guess I can recharge my cell phone in my car, until I run out of gas; but then why bother when all the towers are dark. Hmmm, that might be a good book title, "Dark Tower" (Sorry Stephen).

Thank goodness I have a hand crank flashlight.
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Wow, just imagine what life will be like when the solar kill shot takes our the whole internet and electric grid. Why, we'll need to re-learn how to lite the charcoal grill with MATCHES! Be thankful that we won't have to rub sticks together until the Bic runs out of butane.

I guess I can recharge my cell phone in my car, until I run out of gas; but then why bother when all the towers are dark. Hmmm, that might be a good book title, "Dark Tower" (Sorry Stephen).

Thank goodness I have a hand crank flashlight.
That reminds me of Cyber Storm by Matthew Mather, which I listened to on audiobook a while back. Some good urban survival bits, and (minor spoiler ahead)...

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A code geek who hacks their cell phones to work via a local mesh network while the towers are dark.


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I’m a ham (amateur radio operator) so I’ll be able to use solar power to operate my radios and communicate old school.
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I’m a ham (amateur radio operator) so I’ll be able to use solar power to operate my radios and communicate old school.
So you can talk to all of the other vintage retrogrades? Did'ja know the Army is standing down many (if not all) of the MARS stations? And the Navy-Marine program has already been closed.

At least you'll be able to talk to someone.
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I'm a ham as well. The hobby has been getting a bit of a resurgence among Preppers. Sort of like vinyl records among hipsters. But ham has always had a strong base in emergency and community service comms
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I’m a member of the Tarrant County RACES and we do a lot of spotting for the National Weather Service. I’m not a prepper. Regardless of what Woden thinks we can still talk around the world when conditions are good. Look ma no satellites or cell towers!

MARS has been useless for decades. It was perhaps a good idea back during WWII, and it did a nice service of relaying messages to and from service personnel and their families back when snail mail was the alternative, but it never had any appeal to me. Cellular phones and the internet rendered it obselete a long time ago.

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