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Beta Testing Google Music

November 16, 2011

OK… so Google has so many things going on that they need people to test their applications on their virus-laden, spyware-loaded, software-bloated 10-year-old computers. Just in case there is some guy out in the sticks connecting over the copper telephone line using a serial RS-232 modem at 1200 baud and he insists that even though he is running Windows ’98 that he too should have the opportunity to use GOOGLE MUSIC. I mean why not? Shouldn’t everything that they put out be backwards compatible to last century?

Well, I dunno… I mean I’m just a regular guy (that’s my claim…) and I’m running Windows 7 ultimate in a room that looks more like mission control than my bedroom. I get Google Chrome updates every half hour it seems and so does this qualify me as a beta tester? Well they think it does. So I submit my name and in 3 days I’m eating my salami sandwich and both my firewall and AV programs detect some suspicious activity. AHHH!!! They have arrived! The aliens are requesting permission to install themselves onto my planet (am I pathetic or what?).

The aliens are the Google Developers (you can find out their names if you want)…

Well, this application is better than iTunes (that’s not a big statement) and probably was so in the alpha testing stages. In fact, having done some programming myself, I would venture to say that these guys and gals are probably running a better application on that guy’s machine in the sticks than I could ever run on my souped up late-model quad-core winultimate geeked out machine.

Sure, there are some bugs, but the bugs are what’s really fun about the application. Trying to make phone calls using the GTalk plugin makes my boss sound like Alvin of the Chipmunks. And it’s great when I can click on one song and then another and have Eminem “Cleanin’ out his Closet” at the same time as Biggie Smalls chants that he’s “Ready to Die (Everyday Struggle)”.

It’s a cool beat… L8r

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How to Address a Letter???

October 11, 2010

I have dealt with a bunch of customer service associates and at certain times in my life I have been in a customer service position myself…

I have also applied for a slew of jobs on the Internet and I often wonder who it is that I am addressing.

Did you ever wonder how to address a person or give feedback if you are not sure about a person’s gender or marital status?

Well I have. I have come up with a few salutations that I think cover everything:

Let’s examine the possibilities.

Male or Female
Married or Single
Wishes to identify or Does not wish to identify
Advanced Degree or None…
Teen/Child (this is the coolest…)
Hiring Manager or Human Resources

Possible Salutations: Mr., Mrs., Ms., Dr., Master, Sir, Sirs, Madam, Sir or Madam
In the interests of not being PC correct I will say that Madam will almost never
be used by itself…

So to dispense with the suspense, from now on I will be using this all encompassing salutation for all of my communications.

(Dear)(Hello)(Hi)()(Dr)(M)(r)(s). (Sir or Madam) (Sr)(Madam)(Sirs)(Master)(HR)(Hiring Manager),

Pls ignore the formatting … use as you like it.

This is the ultimate salutation that I can think of… If you have a better one then please email me and I will think about it.

This is my story and I’m sticking to it.

Ken 10/11/2010

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Visit me on Facebook

July 13, 2010

Kenneth Niebling

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What the experts think about “Epigenetics”

March 31, 2010

In a letter to Nature, Mark Ptashne, Oliver Hobert, and Eric Davidson question an editorial that appeared in the journal. The editorial, which focused on the International Human Epigenome Consortium, says that it is “clear that epigenetics … could explain much about how these similar genetic codes are expressed uniquely in different cells, in different environmental conditions and at different times.”

However, Ptashne, Hobert, and Davidson say that epigenetic marks stem from the DNA sequence and its interations with RNA and proteins. “They are thus directly dependent on the genomic sequence,” they write.

At Adaptive Complexity, Michael White says he agrees with Ptashne, Hobert, and Davidson. “

    The idea that genomes between species are too similar to account for species diversity is absolute nonsense

– I say bravo. Ken Niebling

. And so is the idea that epigenetic information is completely independent of DNA sequence,” he writes.

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Do you think he’ll read it?

March 8, 2010

Amidst my current financial situation (I am unemployed), I decided to make a feeble attempt to make my voice heard. YES… I buckled under and wrote a communication to the Big Man. After all, he was my classmate at one time ( Columbia College 1983).

Do I expect that my words will ever cross his desk? No… That would be a miracle. Do I believe in what I wrote? Yes. For sure. I want the budget to be balanced. I want Americans to receive some sort of health care that gives them some peace of mind (employed or not…). And I believe that sticking our noses in other countries business is often not necessary unless it interferes with our own objectives. We cannot save the world. We have to start at home.

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They can swear all they want… But –

March 6, 2010
Sworn to tell the truth

Sworn to tell the truth

These men have all sworn to tell the truth or uphold the duties of their office with integrity – REALLY?

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Resume Faux paz’… Faux pas?

March 4, 2010

Mesmerized – I ‘mesmerized’ fellow employees with…

Mediocre – I surpassed other mediocre employees

Locked up – I locked up every deal before closing…

Go-to – I was the go-to guy in tight situations

Go-to girl – Worse…

Supplemented – I supplemented all major projects with…

Possessed – Possessed several clients and their portfolios.

Baby mama – Current relationship: My baby mama

AARP – Any reference to AARP is a No No…

Obligation – Met all my obligations on time

Optimistic – I am optimistic about my talents as a lifeguard.

Geek, Nerd or Techie – Any reference to being a geek or member of the ‘Geek Squad’

Progressive or Aggressive – Progressively responsible for success of aggressive projects

Other sources: Resumes-Funniest-Mistakes