Desktop Computers, Marijuana Types, and Facebook Privacy

Dear Brian,
Who still buys desktop computers, and why?

Everyone seems to be declaring the desktop (tower) PC dead.”People are moving to tablets, to virtualization, and to the cloud,” they say. But I believe desktop PCs have plenty of applicatons, and will continue to for some time…

With that, I’d like to know what types of workers out there are likely to continue purchasing tower desktops instead of laptops or tablets, and why? (For example, graphic designers, architects, engineers, etc?)

I still build desktop computers, though I’d probably not buy one. In fact, I just built one less than three months ago in order to prep for the launch of virtual reality. You can’t run an Occulus Rift on a laptop or 

The reports of the demise of desktop computers is highly exaggerated. Sure, mobile computing makes it easier to stay connected while out and about, but desktop computers still provide the most power for the best price.

You can’t multi-task on a tablet, or even a laptop, the way you can on a desktop. I can watch a movie and play a CPU-intensive game while browsing the web on my desktop (made easier with multiple monitors), and there’s no way I could do that on a tablet.

Aside from gamers and computer enthusiasts, anyone processing audio or video will definitely need a desktop computer. Also, all those cloud servers are being housed on a physical server somewhere.

Keep in mind, computers existed decades before they hit the consumer market. While consumers may enjoy tablets, the processing power of a desktop will always be alluring to businesses or anyone wishing to maximize productivity.

Scientists, mathematicians, academics, engineers, artists – they may all use tablets, smartphones, and laptops, but they use desktop computers for their hardcore processing needs.

The sniper rifle, machine gun, shotgun, and missile launcher weren’t made obsolete by the snub-nosed pistol. The desktop won’t be made obsolete by the tablet.

Dear Brian,
Since there are so many types of marijuana, do people really care what type they smoke?

To add onto this question – if you do care what you have, how do you decide?

I care what kind of marijuana I’m smoking, though I don’t necessarily get angry if I get the wrong kind. This is because I’m a recreational user. Medicinal users have a different experience – for them, it very much matters.

For example, think of someone who smokes high-CBD strains in order to get a body buzz and relieve anxiety. If that person is given the wrong kind, they may actually amp up their anxiety with too much THC. The strain they were given may be missing CBG or some of the other cannabinoids and terpenes they need to treat their illness.

Cannabis is more than just indica or sativa, THC and CBD. It’s a complicated plant with a variety of terpenes, terpenoids, flavonoids, and other chemical compounds. I recently wrote a blog about the chemical compounds found in cannabis I suggest you read for more information on why it matters.

To put it in perspective, do you care what kind of apple you eat? Does a Granny Smith apple taste the same as a red delicious? If you’re expecting sweet and taste sour, it shocks your system. Imagine it was an effect on your brain instead of your tongue – would that matter to you?

What really annoys me is knowing how often dispensaries mislabel the potency, strain, and chemicals in their retail products. Marijuana may be medicinally legal in much of the U.S., but it’s not very well regulated.

Dear Brian,
What type of personal information is collected by Facebook when you log into Facebook?

Facebook collects any and all information they possibly can. The only thing I don’t think I’ve ever seen them legitimately ask for is your social security number.

Facebook knows your password (and likely is your password for a variety of sites, all of which it connects to you), date of birth, family, friends, etc.

Facebook knows more about you than you do, and even if you don’t use Facebook, they’ll collect information on you.

I have a friend who to this day has still managed to stay off Facebook (and I know maybe three people over 22 who don’t have a Facebook profile – it’s a generational thing). Back in 2009, Facebook started tagging him in group photos and prompting me to ask who he is. I never snitched on him, but clearly someone in those pics did because it eventually stopped asking.

He stays off Facebook because he’s paranoid about ending up in an Internet database. What I don’t think he understands (aside from Facebook already knowing who he is) is that his information is already in the cloud.

Every time you use your debit card, get a cell phone, activate internet service, buy a computer, are born, go to court, get a driver’s license, go to college, register to vote, turn 18, etc., all your personal information is collected and stored by someone. You can’t do anything about it. That’s just the world we live in now. Sorry.

Brian Penny Versability Whistleblower Anonymous smokingBrian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. His work has appeared in Huffington Post, High Times, Fast Company, The Street, Motley Fool, Lifehack, and Hardcore Droid.

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Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer.

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