Online Harassment, Masking Smoke Odor, and RAM Upgrades

Dear Brian,
How can I protect myself from an online threat?

Was messaging on Kik, and he harassed me for nudes. Broke up with him. Gave him my phone number to talk. Said he would visit me-I never gave him my address. He said “I have more than enough stuff on you, and who said it’d be me, I could give it out to other people, along with pictures and a number.”

There’s a lot to unravel in this. So did you start dating a guy who harassed you on Kik for nudes? You can block people or use another IM or chat platform – there are tons of them out there. I would probably start by not dating them though.

If you’re saying an exboyfriend is stalking you on Kik, it’s because he knows your usernames, and you should probably change them. It sucks that we live in that kind of world, but we do.

To protect your personal info online, do a Google search of yourself and see what’s available on the public record. You really can’t do too much about people knowing where you live unless you only rent or buy houses under someone else’s name (or a corporation). You get registered on the public record whenever you update your address with the DMV and Post Office.

If the guy knows you’re not interested, then ignore him. If he shows up, call the police. Do whatever you have to in order to feel safe.

Watch your public profiles and come up with a pen name to use online so you’re not distributing your personal info out there for everyone to see.

Good luck.

Dear Brian,
How can I cover/hide the smell of marijuana after smoking it?

 You can start by trying a ghost hit. A ghost hit is when you hold the hit in your lungs by holding your breath for a minute or so until your lungs absorb all the smoke. This way, when you exhale, you’re not exhaling huge clouds of smelly smoke. It also enhances your buzz and maximizes your stash.

Also try dryer sheets in a toilet paper roll. Blow throw this after each hit to filter the smoke. This helps mask the strong odor. You should also only load enough of a bowl to be taken in one hit if you’re worried about odor.

With enough practice, you can get away with smoking virtually anywhere undetected, though there are other ways to ingest cannabis, such as edibles and tinctures that eliminate the smell altogether.

Dear Brian,
Why do people mock me for refusing to pirate music?

I have some friends that mock me because I legally purchase all of my music. I told them that I like to support the music industry, but they laughed and said that buying CDs/mp3s provides no profit to the artists, and legally buying music is therefore pointless.

Your friends are idiots is the short story. Artists get paid for their work in every aspect. As a content creator, I’m paid a variety of ways, including traffic-based, affiliate advertising, and up-front fees. Musicians make portions of money from all aspects of their music.
If you want to further support your favorite artists, follow them on social media, visit their website, and purchase their music directly from them whenever possible. Also attend live shows, shout them out in comments and on social media, etc. The more you get their name out and support their brand, the more of an asset you are as a fan.

I’m a pirate, but I also respect the work people put into things and will often give my money to artists of all types, local, regional, national, and international. It’s all about the hustle and grind.

Dear Brian,
What should I keep in mind when upgrading computer RAM?

I have a Medion Akoya E2081 D with 6gb of RAM. What do I have to keep in mind when adding more RAM and can I just put in another 8gb of DDR3 RAM?

You need to look up the computer or motherboard model to determine the type of RAM it takes and the maximum limits. Sticks should be purchased in even amounts, which is to say 2 or 4, not just 1 memory stick.

Once you’ve determined the correct type of DDR3 RAM and the maximum the motherboard can handle, you can determine whether it’s best to remove the existing memory or add on to hit the max.

Brian Penny SmurfBrian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. His work has appeared on Huffington Post, High Times, Fast Company, Lifehack, The Street, 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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