How we used automation to get COVID vaccines early

💉 Introduction A friend of mine, Tynick, and I crossed paths on a project he started - he wanted to get a COVID vaccine by doing a volunteer shift. The two websites that offer volunteering signups occasionally had openings, but they were always taken almost immediately. So, he had the brilliant idea to use some clever Python to automatically check the website, and notify him with Slack or Twilio whenever there’s a signup available....

March 13, 2021 · 12 min · Charles M. Knox

Every Outbound Link Leaks Privacy

The title is a bit of an exaggeration, but it’s partly true if you don’t use the correct properties in your HTML elements. In HTML, you should be using rel="noopener noreferrer" along with target="_blank" in your <a> tags - if not, you run major security risks. This GitHub Pages site shows you how: https://apal21.github.io/target-blank/ Many linters will catch this if it’s not set, so make sure that you’re using a linter when you write your code....

April 17, 2020 · 1 min · Charles M. Knox