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Subject: Cocktail Talk - X-Ray Specs.


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Cocktail Talk


August 2013

Cocktail Talk


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 - X-Ray Specs.


We've been warned, time and time again, but we still don't seem to get it. Social Media = Danger. Maybe Microsoft Office 2013 will finally drive it home.


People get fired, not hired, arrested, convicted, thrown in jail, and more for what they put on their Facebook Page. Nothing new there. People put what they put on Facebook knowing that a certain group of other people will see it.


A cop posts up about how he likes to drink a cold beer on his front porch on warm summer nights. He knows people will see it, his posts talk directly to them. Somehow he still gets fired. Can you believe it?


All he wrote was, "Yes, I just sat on the front porch naked and enjoyed a cold beer. Love the warm summer nights. If that offends you then (expletive deleted) off and delete me as a friend. If not so be it friend."  Who doesn't do that?


Hey, if you want to kiss your French Poodle, or French Kiss a Poodle, and put it on Facebook, somebody may care, but not me. It seems that someone always has a problem with, or because of, Facebook.


Thirty-five Bazooka Bubble Gum wrappers and $3 used to get you a pair of X-Ray Specs. X-Ray Specs would allow you to see through your dog right to his bones, see through peoples clothes, and nobody would know. Office 2013 is kind of like that.


An email from the Senior Vice-President of the Universal Bank of the Wide Wide World, concerning a very important and large financial matter, urging me to have faith in him and his bank, arrives, his picture is attached. He is in his late 50's, strongly built, handsome, grayed temples, distinguished, and holding a large trout. 


Mr. Troutman probably didn't intend to include his Facebook picture. Probably never imagined that someone else, me, could have his Facebook picture and recent posts included every time he emails me just by checking a box. Outlook 2013 does just that. 


Outlook did it for everyone CC'd on his email too, giving me an up-close and personal look into their lives. Mr. Troutman, using some older version of Outlook, didn't see that coming either, and a picture is worth a thousand words.


I don't think Mr. Troutman knew that Loan Officer Lisa's (LOL's) Facebook photo included a stripper pole, although it may have had something to do with his hiring her. LOL. LOL may not be there too long if the HR folks get upgraded to Outlook 2013. LOL.


It's not just Facebook either, it's LinkedIn too, and other less popular Social Media sites. Most people aren't going to know, 2013 is new and the user base is so small, but now you do.



So go ahead, kiss a poodle dog, or not, some people may care, but I don't, because that's your call, and that's Cocktail Talk.




Thank you for reading,



Craig Phillips

CN Consulting, Inc.



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