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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 »

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 »

100 Organic Google Search Results, Adamantine.me milestone

Today marks the first day that adamantine.me got 100 Google search results in a single day (save for the 450 anomaly). Meaning 100 people searched something and clicked on this site’s search result, also known as an organic search result. Why is this important? Organic search results are considered one of the strongest indicators of website health… Read More »

The Raspberry Pi 2 as a Dedicated VPN (round 2)

Previously, I had tested the Pi Zero as a dedicated VPN. And while that was a great way to securely connect to my home network and access files, the Zero definitely struggled performing some tasks (like streaming media). Raspberry Pi’s are ideal for 24/7 use because they barely draw single watt, compared to desktop computers where the… Read More »

How to setup IPython for Python 2.7 and 3+ kernels

IPython is an interactive notebook that is accessed from your browser. It is extremely useful because it is designed with code sharing in mind, supports up to 49 different languages/versions of languages, and has “cells”, or blocks of code that are interpreted one at a time (or all at once). Another reason to use IPython… Read More »

Adblocker and Privacy plugins for Firefox and Chrome

Online advertisements now bombard users with video and audio stimuli, simultaneously draining their battery and bandwidth. So much so that some advertisers have openly admitted fault. This year alone there has been a 30% increase in users who make use of ad blocking plugins. But even doing this won’t keep you safe because Adblock Plus, a popular… Read More »

How to Scrape Data from Webpages with Python’s Scrapy

In this post I’ll show how to gather unstructured information that exists on webpages using Python’s open source web crawling framework, Scrapy. Web crawlers have been around since the conception of the internet, in fact Google started out by visiting links from Stanford’s homepage until all 10 million of them had been explored. In the… Read More »