I am no longer buying cheap crap from eBay, especially cables and chargers.

Anker all the way when it comes to chargers, powerbanks and cables.  

The Alexa Echo Dot was on sale (25 bucks) and it’s considerably better than Google’s offering and of course WAYYY better than Cortana and Siri which are both absolute garbage.

The Dot is a bad speaker but it will do a pinch if you just need to hear some computer sounds (Amalia’s amazingly awesome brand new Intel NUC monster didn’t come with speakers (or even an internal beeper) and this speaker really does the trick).