Category Archives: How-to

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 »

How to connect to PIA through OpenVPN on Linux

One of the most popular VPN providers these days is Private Internet Access (PIA). In this tutorial, I’ll show how to add a VPN connection to the Linux network manager with PIA’s service, using OpenVPN instead of PIA’s client software. Though the client app is robust and offers many useful features like a “VPN killswitch”,… Read More »

The Art of the Sub $200 NAS Build

For decades building your own computer has been a central experience among computer enthusiasts. There’s an indescribable satisfaction that comes with picking out the parts and assembling them into a full computer all by yourself. That same satisfaction extends itself when people decide to build their own network attached storage (NAS) if they’re not simply repurposing… Read More »

Raspberry Pi + Plex = RasPlex

I’m going to share with you a little gem I discovered recently that relieved me of all my digital media player headaches. That gem is of course, RasPlex – a Linux based distribution that is optimized to run Plex client software on the Raspberry Pi, a single board computer. For the layman, this is more or… Read More »

Shut Your Pi-hole: Ad Blocking with the Raspberry Pi

Around 10 months ago, Pi-hole – an open source software that runs on Raspberry Pis and filters network traffic, made its debut and has been a popular topic in certain Raspberry Pi circles. The appeal of running Pi-Hole to block ads on your network can be explained succinctly: the software is easy to install, it blocks… Read More »

How to Build a Budget NAS Machine

Intel build AMD build Other parts, operating systems, and more reading Bonus build A small bit on RAID The failure debate Conclusion Similar to how building your own computer can be cheaper, building (or repurposing) a network attached storage (NAS) can save you a few hundred dollars as well. A NAS machine, or a computer… Read More »