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

Sent: Tuesday, May 05, 2015 10:58 AM


Subject: Cocktail Talk - Sounds of Silence



Cocktail Talk

July 2015

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 - Sounds of Silence


It's late at night and I'm hoping to sleep. I lay in bed with headphones on surfing the iPad web to get tired eyes and there it is. A hearing test that claims it can tell my age. Game on.


It was pretty simple, it would have to be since our attention span has devolved into that of a Goldfish.


Click the button and answer Yes or No if you can hear anything. I did, and didn't. It guessed my age group correctly.


So, people younger than me can hear things I can't. Like dogs can hear things I can't  So young people are like dogs. I totally get that, especially with teenagers.


Teenagers and dogs can actually hear things I can't. They also spend inordinate amounts of time lying on the couch licking themselves. Game on.


I would never drive through Northbrook at two in the morning on my way home from the bars blowing a dog whistle just to shake things up, and neither should you, but screwing with teenagers is a whole different thing. Guess what! There's an app for that.


Yes, there are apps that put out sounds at frequencies that we can't hear, but teenagers can. Load up the app, start broadcasting, and drive the little snakes out of the room like St. Patrick did in Ireland.


Teen-A-Noise is one such app, it has a cute little cartoon interface and seems simple to use with annoyance levels one through four, but it is full of pop-ups advertising a fairyland game about a girl with big boobies. Another ridiculously advertising-heavy App was "High Frequency".


High Frequnecy, aka "Noise", is a whistle that you can scale to different frequencies, and has a 4+ rating. Each time you use it you are subjected to a 5 second advertisement, and it seems to lack cleavage, but what really let me down was the lack of knowing who the sounds were intended to annoy. But then there's "Frequencies".


Frequencies is pretty cool. It has settings to annoy children or animals, although I fail to see the difference. It even lets you target specific age groups, just like the hearing test does.. Frequencies even has ringtones, so teenagers can get their midnight booty-calls while their sleeping rents are totally oblivious.. 


While we're on the topic of annoying noises I would be remiss if I did not mention "Mosquito".


Anti Mosquito, the Sonic Repeller, claims to produce a sound only mosquitoes can hear and keep them away from your tasty flesh. Reviews are mixed, and one fellow from the Yucatan says since he can't hear it it must not work. Maybe if the mosquito's could let out an audible scream when they heard the app it wold be more convincing. I don't know.




Teenagers, dogs, mosquito's, tasty flesh, or not, that's your call, and that's Cocktail Talk.



Thank you for reading,



Craig Phillips

CN Consulting, Inc.





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