From: Craig Phillips <> on behalf of Craig Phillips <>

Sent: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 7:33 AM


Subject: Cocktail Talk - Keynote Speaker, an Hour of Devo



Cocktail Talk

February 2016

Cocktail Talk

Dear Craig:   

Welcome to CN Consulting's "Cocktail Talk".


Cocktail Talk is a casual monthly newsletter intended to arm you with amusing bits and bytes of information on whats happening in the computer world. Topics sure to break the ice and capture an audience at many a social or business event.


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Currently, on Cocktail Talk - Keynote Speaker, an Hour of Devo


When asked to be the Keynote Speaker for the "Hour of Code" at a local High School. I was flattered.


Writing reams of code in the late 20th Century and still coding today I felt qualified, and without the foggiest idea what Hour of Code was said yes.. Turns out it's a big hairy deal. Turns out it's "The largest learning event in history." or so they say. I learned this from -


The Hour of Code is organized by, a public 501c3 non-profit and takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. 


It is a one-hour introduction to computer science giving every student the opportunity to learn the basics of writing code which helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path.


Partners supporting the Hour of Code include Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the College Board.


The speech went fine, and I truly believe they heard me. From the Goth kids in the back row to the Preppies up front and everyone in-between. But who writes code anymore?


The Microsoft Certifications page has five categories and the first three are Server, Desktop, and Applications. aka Server, Windows, and Office. The fourth one is SQL, aka Structured Query Language. Often just used to extract data making pretty reports.


Windows and everything running under it, like Office, is point and click. You don't even need to know how to spell much less write code. But that's about to change.


I hate to be the one who says your baby is ugly but we're headed into a cross-platform epoch. A devolution of the PC with it's lightning fast processors, vast memory and limitless storage to accommodate, the tablet.


The unspeakable, the Holiest of Holies, two things you were never supposed to touch, Regisrty Editor (regedit) and Group Policy Editor (gpedit), are now your drug of choice. Guess what? They both run from the CMD / DOS prompt. 


Yes, instead of point and click devolution has taken us back to the DOS Prompt and typing code made up of commands and parameters just like we did back in the 1980s.


Now that we've touched on devolution and the 1980s it seems like a good time for a Devo flashback. For those of you who are too young, or were too stoned, to remember the 1980s, here is Devo performing their song "Whip It".


Devo 1980

Devo 1980 "Whip It"



An Hour of Code, Goths, Preppies, Point and Click, DOS, Devo, the 80's, or not, that's your call, and that's Cocktail Talk.



Thank you for reading,



Craig Phillips

CN Consulting, Inc.





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