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

Sent: Sunday, February 28, 2016 1:07 PM


Subject: Cocktail Talk - Tragedy Plus Time Equals Comedy



Cocktail Talk

April 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 - Tragedy Plus Time Equals Comedy


Comics say tragedy plus time equals comedy. I think tragedy plus time equals Cocktail Talk.


A few months ago while driving alone just after sunset I was broad-sided in an intersection out in the middle of nowhere.


The impact  pushed  my 5,500 lb Jeep Cherokee sideways through the oncoming lane, over the concrete lane divider, through the right turn lane and into a corn field. We came to rest over 100 feet from the site of impact. The Jeep was crushed with such force the radio exploded out of the dash hitting me in the face and adding another concussion to my resume. All this by a little two door import going 35 mph. But, like I say, tragedy plus time equals Cocktail Talk.


I needed to call for help but my iPhone was no longer on the passenger seat. I was looking for it when a good Samaritan approached me. He called my number, nothing. I tried Pinging it from my watch, nothing. Apple's Watch wasn't even paired to the iPhone at that point. We looked and looked but nothing.


Deputy Fife (not his real name) arrived and he also helped search. He searched my Golf bag, day bag, mini cooler of bottled water, even in the First Aid kit. He even searched me in case my iPhone 6 Plus fell into my pants or something. It wasn't anywhere to be found. Where was my iPhone?


I logged-in to iCloud later that night, the "Find iPhone" option dropped a pin on the map in a wrecking yard. Not anywhere near where Deputy Fife wrote my Jeep would be taken, but who are you going to believe? There was hope.


Three of us searched the wreckage the next day, even trying to Ping and call again. Nothing. There was a lot of stuff on that iPhone. If you've ever lost an ID or credit card, you know where my concussion affected head was.


Logged-in to iCloud later that day Find iPhone still found a pulse at the wrecking yard, Erase iPhone was able to remove my credit cards from Apple Pay, completely erase the iPhone, and add a message that the phone was lost and please call. There was hope. But still no iPhone.


A day later a surreal drive found me at Sprint where I purchased the iPhone 6s Plus. Data was synced to the iPhone from iCloud and with the exception of credit cards, passwords, and fingerprints, it was all there.


I am amazed the iPhone, trapped somewhere in the wreckage, still had a pulse. I am thrilled with the technology part of that experience. The "human" part, with Deputy Fife and Sprint Customer Care, not so much.




Pairing, Pinging, ringing (my head, not the iPhone), Find iPhone, Wipe iPhone, buy iPhone, or not, that's your call, and that's Cocktail Talk.



Thank you for reading,



Craig Phillips

CN Consulting, Inc.





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