The One Alexa Skill Everyone Should Know. By now, you have an Echo or Echo Dot in every room in the house. If not, maybe you should reconsider. Unless you are paranoid, these are not evil devices that want to know everything you do all the time. They can learn routines, and you can now give them a series of If-Then commands that can automate your day. I am not that anal; but, it is nice to ask Alexa the time when I am half asleep, and to get all my news with a simple "Alexa, news" command. I may just get a smart plug installed on the coffee maker, however. How cool would it be to say "Alexa, good morning", and have Alexa start the coffee maker. And, like all good little computers, you can always turn her off if you wish.