Posts Tagged ‘web’

SSL Certificate Verification and Httplib2

February 6, 2012

I’ve started experimenting with httplib2 to make REST calls to Parse.com. It looks decent enough, but it doesn’t include a root certificate that can validate the Parse SSL certificate. Below, I show examples of (1) the easy work-around and (2) the real solution.
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Yahoo! Pipes – Helping Me Travel on the Cheap

October 13, 2009

Yahoo Pipes is something I came across when trying to find a RSS aggregator/keyword spotter/emailer.  It is a really neat web-based graphical scripting tool for manipulating web-accessible data.  It’s got a  regex component to manipulate datasources!

It didn’t take me long to construct a pipe that pulls multiple airline ticket RSS feeds from the STA website containing “Chicago” or “Detroit” and then sorts the aggregated feeds by ascending price.  The result is output to an RSS feed, whose updates can be sent to an email address by Yahoo Alerts.

Yahoo has been aggressively climbing back into the ranks of “cool” for the past few years.  I’ve been impressed with the amount they contribute to the web and open source community and how they seem to be more proactive than Google about sharing their research.  Thanks again, Yahoo!

Minor Greasemonkey Tweak to MSU Course Scheduler

October 10, 2009

Every time I use the MSU Course Scheduler, I may or may not remember to click the “View all results on one page” checkbox.  It’s a small pet peeve, but Greasemonkey comes to the rescue.  This simple Greasemonkey script will set the checkbox whenever the page is loaded.

Todo: Find a good time management tool

August 30, 2009

I just started using the web-based todo list manager Remember the Milk.  It is pretty nifty.  It allows categorization and tagging of todo items, defaulting to categories of personal, study, and work.  Todos can have due dates and be assigned one of four priority levels.  You can set due dates by typing things like “next fri”, which is really neat.  They have a Firefox addon that shows one’s todo’s in Gmail.  In my cursory search of online tools, Toodledo is a stiff competitor to Remember the Milk (RTM), but it just so happens that I signed up for RTM first and I prefer its clean look and AJAX-y interface.