Redmond Python - May 2018 Introduction to Python Workshop

A few weeks ago the Redmond Python meetup I started hosted a free Introduction to Python Workshop. I had the privilege of teaching about 50 beginners as much Python as is possible to cram into a day-long workshop. I think it went pretty well:

Image of all the Redmond Python Attendees

IRS Phone Scams

Today I got a call from the “IRS”:

Is very serious emergency and time sensitive. We are calling you from investigation team of IRS. We have just received a notification regarding your tax filings. From the headquarters which will get expired in next 24 working hours. And once it get expired after that you will be taken under custody by the local cops. As there are four serious allegations pressed on your name at this moment. We would request you to get back to us so that we can discuss about this case before taking any legal action against you. The number to reach us is 9174602172. I repeat 9174602172. Thank you.

I’ve written about scam calls before. This is a new variant for me but basically follows the same line. The caller tells you:

Nandolytics - My Own Visits Analysis Tool

I’d like to introduce to you a new advanced analytics tool for site traffic - Nandolytics.

Nandolytics is a highly-advanced one-of-a-kind analytics service that’s going to change the world through uniquely variable analysis in a market of established and reliable vendors for analytics services.

A few lucky visitors can have access to a demo of how I built this service. Find out if you’re one of them by clicking the button below.

Ticket Owl - A Tool to Check for Website Changes

For Valentine’s Day this year I wanted to get a nice gift for a special someone. So I decided to buy some tickets for a dinner and show. Just one problem, the site I was looking at ran out of tickets for currently scheduled shows. When I called the restaurant they told me to check the website - they were going to add more tickets at a later time.

But I didn’t want to constantly check the page to see if new times and dates were added, so I wrote a new project called Ticket Owl to do it for me.

Deploy Your Static Site to AWS S3 with Serverless Finch and the Serverless Framework

A frequent issue I ran into when working with the Serverless Framework on smaller projects was that when I wanted to deploy a static website frontend that integrated with my Serverless backend I wasn’t quite sure how to do it. After some searching, I adopted and republished a broken Serverless Framework plugin for that exact purpose.

And so Serverless Finch was born.

Now it’s relatively easy to deploy your own website to AWS S3 while using the Serverless Framework and Serverless Finch. Here’s how you can do it.