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How to Scrape Facebook Page Posts Data to Excel (Spy Competitor)

In this tutorial, I will teach you step-by-step how to scrape or extract ANY public Facebook Page Posts Data to Excel using Facebook Graph API without programming. It’s very easy just follow below steps.

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Data Mining Jobs for Pros

With the rise in e-commerce and the field of IT, we have seen a huge increase in data that is out there for organizations to just pick up. This has resulted in the creation of data mining, which requires data miners to use their technical skills to mine the data in the online world. While the field is still growing, it is part of computer science and considered to be on the business intelligence side of it. It is a major part of computer science as the data collected by data miners allows them to provide predictions for businesses on demand of products, services, along with the human resource talent. So many big businesses have started to employ data miners because they can help enhance their business.

Types of jobs related to data mining for profs

The most popular position in the field of data mining is that of an analyst. A data mining analyst is sought by a wide variety of industries. Their main job is to analyze data to help the industry to further enhance their business by identifying data sources, predicting patterns in the industry, synthesizing the data set, and presenting the information in an easy to understand manner to the organization that will help with their decision making. Data mining analyst is fairly popular in education, engineering, and government services.

Data engineer is the second most popular position in the data mining field. They work more like the traditional researcher and business analyst. With the collection of data, they can help identify problems for businesses, work out improvement for products and services, and tell organizations what their business requirements are.

The final job that is popular in data mining is that of a big data architect. They don’t really work on the collections and analysis of data but rather focus on the strategic plan and design of data. They design the IT system which basically allows for analysts and engineer to easily collect the data they need for their job.

Future of data mining

Since 2010, data mining has become a relevant field as businesses have realized how it can help transform their businesses and presents them with a chance to rise above their competition. The demand for a data analyst, engineers, and architect has been on a rise ever since as you see industries from IT firms to fashion utilize the help of these individuals to enhance their business.

Selenium Web Scraping Tutorial

Web scraping allows you to extract data from websites. The process is automatic in which the HTML is processed to extract data that can be manipulated and converted to the format of your liking for retrieval and or analysis. The process is commonly used for data mining.

What is Selenium?

Selenium is an automation tool for web browsers. It is primarily used for testing of websites, allowing you to test it before you put it live. It gives you the chance to perform the following tasks on the website:

  • Click buttons
  • Enter information within the website, forms
  • Search for information on the website

It is a tool that has been used for scraping website. But you must note that if you scrape a website too often, you risk the chance of having your IP banned from the website so approach with caution.

How to scrape with Selenium?

In order to scrape websites with Selenium you will need Python, either Python3.x. or Python2.x. Once you have that downloaded you will need the following driver and package:

Selenium package – allows you to interact with website from Python

Chrome Driver – a platform to perform and launch tasks on browser

Virtualenv – helps create an isolated Python environment

  1. In Python, you need to create a new project. You can create a file and name it setup.py and within it type in selenium as dependency.
  2. Then open the command line and you will need to create a virtual environment by typing the following command: $ virtualenv webscraping_example
  3. You will now need to run the dependency on virtualenv, you can do this by typing the following command in the terminal: $(webscraping_example) pip install -r setup.py
  4. Now going back to the folder in Python, create another file and you can name it, webscraping_example.py. Once done, you need to add the following code snippets:
    1. from selenium import webdriver
    2. from selenium.webdriver.common.by import By
    3. from selenium.webdriver.support.ui import WebDriverWait
    4. from selenium.webdriver.support import expected_conditions as EC
    5. from selenium.common.exceptions import TimeoutException
  5. You then need to put Chrome in Incognito mode, this is done in the webdriver by adding the incognito argument:
    1. option = webdriver.ChromeOptions()
    2. option.add_argument(“ — incognito”)
  6. You will then create a new instance with this code: browser = webdriver.Chrome(executable_path=’/Library/Application Support/Google/chromedriver’, chrome_options=option)
  7. You can now start making request you pass in the website url you want to scrape.
  8. You may need to create a user account with Github to do this but that is an easy process.
  9. You are now ready to scrape the data from the website.

CleanMyPc Review 2017

Our rating: 4.0 out of 5                            Cost: $$

Pros

  • Easy to use interface
  • Effective tool which improves boot time and overall performance
  • Comes with program installer and file shredder

Cons

  • No backup tool
  • Doesn’t provide full details of files and apps that will be uninstalled

If your computer has slowed down tremendously or just doesn’t seem to run as smoothly as you like, then you should consider getting yourself a tune-up tool like CleanMyPC by MacPaw. The software allows you to have complete control over your computer and easily manage applications and files to ensure your computer runs smoothly.

CleanMyPC has three different types of subscription offers. A single license for 1 computer, Double for 2, and Family pack for up to 5. It is compatible with Windows 7,8, and 10 and is a fairly light application.

The Interface

The overall interface of the program is quite elegant and easy to navigate. It allows you to access files/applications on your computer and uninstall or shred them. The interface is easy to navigate through due to the big icons and labels of exactly what each icon is for. You should have no trouble getting things done. It provides you easy cleaning option such as “Scan” which filters out files and programs you don’t really use to get rid of which will free up space on your hard disc. However, it doesn’t show you the exact details of each program and file which can be annoying for those that like complete control of what is being discarded. But it works efficiently to clean up your PC ensuring all your important files go untouched.

Did performance actually improve after using CleanMyPC?

We ran a performance check on the Geekbench system before cleaning our PC with CleanMyPC. It gave us a performance score of 5,900 while booting up in 51 seconds. This is on an Intel Core i7 with 2 GHz, 4GB RAM, and 125 Intel SSD drive. After running CleanMyPC, the score rose to 6,095 and boot up time also decrease to 46 seconds.

Now to the average user that type of improvement won’t seem like much. However, when you run heavier programs and they load up faster and perform much better, you will notice and appreciate the difference. As wonderful as CleanMyPC is, there are other programs that are better at improving overall PC performances.

Our verdict

While CleanMyPC works well at improving PC performance and also clearing up unused files and apps. It doesn’t work as well as programs like SlimCleaner Plus. If you are a normal PC user that doesn’t really care much about what is being deleted and want to run a simple clean then CleanMyPC is a great option. If not, then you should consider a more in-depth cleaner that provides you with information about every file that is being cleaned and or deleted.

What to do if my SD Card Won’t Read

Technology can be a bit tricky, while it makes life easier, it can also make it much more difficult. As we rely more and more on technology, we tend to put a lot more trust in it since they make daily tasks easier. However, there are occasions when technology breaks down on us. If you use SD cards on a normal basis then you probably know exactly what we mean. While SD cards make it easy for us to store data and transfer it, there are times it just stops working for one reason or another. If that happens to you then we have some tips for you.

Identify the problem

If your computer refuses to detect the SD card then you first need to figure out where the problem is. Is it the reader on the computer or the SD card itself. The best way to figure out if it is the SD card is to insert the card back into the device you normally use it on be it a phone, digital camera, etc. If the device reads the card then that means the card is fine and there is something wrong with the reader on your computer. If it doesn’t, then there is something wrong with the card.

It’s a fairly easy fix if the reader on the computer is not working. All you have to do is purchase an external reader and hook it up to your computer with the help of a USB. The card should work then.

What if the card doesn’t work?

There are a few steps you can try if the card isn’t working properly. First, you want to start off with the basic checks. Make sure the card is slotted in properly, push it in until you can’t anymore. Sometimes people make the mistake of not pushing it enough so the reader can get a read on the sensor on the card.

If the problem still persists, then you want to check the write protection lock on the card. Most cards now come with a write protection option, once enabled, it doesn’t allow anyone to write on it.

The final thing you can do is format the card altogether. Phones and computer require an SD card to be in a particular format so they can read it. If it isn’t formatted properly then the device would not be able to read it. You want to format the card in a compatible format for your computer and the device you normally use the card on, so it is readable on both. Note that, when you format your card all data will be lost on it. So this is the final step you should take.

If you have tried all the above solution and your card still refuses to work then it is recommended you look for a replacement. SD card after excessive use can become non-functional especially if they have been treated badly. So it is important you take proper care of the SD card, keep it away from humid and hot places and make sure not to get any scratches on the sensors. This will ensure you don’t have any problems with the SD card.

How to Download Pictures from Google Drive

Like Dropbox, Google Drive is a service from Google that allows you to store your data via a cloud storage technique. For beginners, Google offers every user a total of 15GB storage space at no cost. This kind of space can be quite useful for storing documents, photos, audios, and also videos. If you feel this space is insufficient, you can choose to upgrade your space by subscribing to a monthly plan to upscale your space.

Paid subscription

For example, you have an option to purchase 100GB storage space for $1.99 per month or a bigger package at $299.99/month for 30TR space. These figures can change as and when Google deems fit. The point here is to encourage you to save your items in the most secure way. Photos create beautiful memories that need to be safely backed up in order for you not to lose them. You might lose an SD card or hard disk and if you had no backup for your photos or documents, you might lose very crucial and sentimental items.

In addition, Google Drive allows you to transfer the items to other locations and devices. For instance, you can manually transfer photos to your computer or to your phone gallery.  At the moment, you are limited to transfer items that are not more than 2GB from Google drive to your preferred locations.  In case the selected items exceed 2GB, you will see a message prompting you to select fewer files that do not exceed the threshold.

Why Google Drive

There are many different benefits of the Google cloud-based storage system. First, the cost is affordable and the first 15GB is offered freely by Google. Other additional storage spaces are also comparatively affordable. Second, since the system is cloud-based you can give access to your clients or family as they can access your account remotely. Besides, you can access your account from any system as long as there is an internet connection. You simply have to log into your account and view the file uploads. The system also allows you to make downloads from any location. Lastly, Google Drive is as good as other popular office applications that bring real benefits that can be used by individual businessmen and also small businesses.

Downloading Pictures from Google Drive

Google Drive allows users not only to upload pictures but also to download them and transfer them to other devices such as android phones, iPad, or even your laptop. The process of downloading photos involves simple steps and taps. For all devices, you should start by downloading the Google Drive app on your device. Though you may choose to access the drive offline, it is highly recommended that you download the app directly on your device so that you may closely monitor your account. However, if your files are primarily for offline use, you necessarily don’t need the app on your phone.

Below are some quick steps to follow if you want to download pictures from Google Drive.

Downloading photos into your phone Gallery

  • Download the Google Photos app to your device and open it
  • Click on the photo that you would like to download. Kindly note that Google drive does not allow you to download multiple photos simultaneously, you have to click on the photos one after the other.
  • Click on the Options Menu and select download, then select the exact location you would like to save your photo. In this case, choose gallery and your picture will appear in your gallery in no time.

Downloading pictures to your iPhone device

  • Open the ‘photo transfer’ app on your iDevice and click on the receive option
  • Then swipe left to reveal the pluggins
  • Click on the Google Drive button
  • Tap the select and download option and the google drive folders will pop
  • Select the photos you desire to download and follow the prompts and save them in your desired location
  • Repeat the same procedure if you are using an iPad

Downloading photos from Google Drive to your PC  

  • Type https://drive.google.com on your URL and sign in to access your account. For those who have not signed up, follow the link and go to my drive section. Go to folders and files section and upload your items, you may also choose to sync. Upload files to Google Drive and save them. You can also edit them and format them the way you prefer. You can share your folders and files and name other people as file or folder owners.
  • Next, to the photos or images, you will see a checkbox, click on it
  • Right click on the photo you would like to transfer and select the download option. You will receive a prompt asking you to save the file selected (comes as a zip file), click on it and specify the location of the image. The zip file selected will contain the image you selected to download
  • Click on the download button on the zip file and there you have your picture/s.

Conclusion

There are many cloud services today but there is none like Google Drive, which is simple to use and also securely created to suit your needs. You need to create a free account using the simple sign-up procedure so that you start saving your work on Google drive. Google Drive offers users some free storage space for their files and folders. Nonetheless, if the storage space runs out, you can make a small monthly fee to access a bigger storage.

With the up-scale, you can know save as many audios, videos, documents, and pictures safely without any fear of losing them. Google drive keeps them very safe for you. Additionally, Google makes it easy for parties to transfer files and folders to other locations including PCs or phones. Google Drive could not have come at a better time when the online craze is on the high. Finally, Google Drive is a flexible cloud system that is specifically designed to make life even easier and enjoyable.