What Do You Have Alexa Do?

posted by Dave Taft - 

So last year I came into possession of an Amazon Dot…Alexa.  It was a gift and not something I would probably purchase for myself.  Since it was free, and easy to set up, I thought what the heck.  Why not give it a shot.  Now that I have it, I don’t know what to do with it.  I listen to B-93 on iHeartRadio, I occasionally ask for weather reports, but other than that I have no clue.

We had this in our living room.  My daughter loved to ask it “Alexa, how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood.”  She also liked asking Alexa to tell her knock knock jokes.   As you could imagine, this tested the outer boundaries of my patience as a parent.  I mean it was cute the first 10 times.  My wife also did not like it in the house as she believes that this is a tool to further an evil agenda to get inside our home (I can’t blame her.)  So now, it has been removed and sits in my office.

So what I really want to know is, what can this thing do?  What are some of the cool things you’ve tried to do with Alexa?   Is it anything other than a search engine?  I can ask random stuff like “who was the 33rd president of the United States (Harry S Truman.)   What can I do with this thing to make me feel like I have something cool.  I also was given an Amazon Echo, but if I can’t make the little one work I don’t see a need to open the big one.

So anyways, this is how I decided to fill up my mandatory 300 word blog post today.  If you have any info to help me out, email me at davetaft@iheartmedia.com.  Otherwise it may become a very expensive drink coaster. 

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