Close Encounter with Vendor Lock-in, Python Triumphs

Vendor lock-in is a term that refers to the practice of a company making a customer dependent (but not entirely) on their goods or services. In IT circles, I hear Cisco’s name thrown around a lot with references to “building a moat“. Some other examples of this are: the patented K-Cup brewing system of Kuerig, printer… Read More »

Retrieval-based Deep Learning with TensorFlow v1.0+ and Python

Hi there. In this post I will cover code from a Github repo that I forked (detailed in this post) that trains a machine learning model based on IRC chat logs (the Ubuntu Dialog Corpus) to select the correct response out of a set of potential responses, given a context. The code was created last year with… Read More »

Cleaning Transcript Data with Python

Performing an analysis of text data or using text data to train machine learning models oftentimes requires a lot of data. Usually people look to Wikipedia for large amounts of text data, but occasionally scholars will make use of less traditional sources of data, like movie reviews for performing sentiment analysis on sentences or Ubuntu IRC chat… Read More »

How to write CSV data to a SQLite database with Python

In this short post I will show the syntax for writing data to a SQL database with the Python library, sqlite3. We will be using Python 3+. A SQLite database is exactly what it sounds like – a lightweight implementation of the popular SQL relational database management system, making it perfect for browsers, embedded systems,… Read More »

Raspberry Pi NAS with OpenMediaVault

In this post I will show how to create a Pi powered NAS, or network attached storage, using the free and open source operating system OpenMediaVault (OMV). Why a Raspberry Pi and why OMV? The Raspberry Pi has an extremely small electric footprint, which is crucial for systems that are online 24/7. I chose OMV… Read More »

Tt eSPORTS Poseidon-Z Mechanical Keyboard Review

In this post, I aim to give an objective review of Thermaltake’s Poseidon-Z Illuminated brown switch keyboard. It is a “budget friendly” entry level mechanical keyboard. Since this post is intended for an audience that is currently shopping for a mechanical keyboard, I will assume you are familiar with what a mechanical keyboard is and… Read More »

Et tu, Bruteforce?

In the time that I’ve had this site up and running there have been numerous “attacks” on it. Attack in this context means someone/something is trying to gain access to or bring down the server. Wordfence, a WordPress plugin, usually takes care of the threat automatically. However this time, a device from somewhere in Netherlands… Read More »

How-to: Scrape Data with Python’s BeautifulSoup

Hello. In this post I’ll show how to scrape semi-structured data from a target webpage with Python’s BeautifulSoup module. BeautifulSoup is indeed beautiful. It is the go-to package for scraping data and working with HTML. We’ll also use requests to grab the HTML from the target URL. The page I use in my example should… Read More »