Hackvalue - Tales from the trenches of specialized web hosting and development

Hackvalue is the corporate blog of Loco, a company that does lots of interesting stuff gravitating around Free and Open Source software and licensing, web development, and anything else that we find interesting.

In this particular part of the blog all content is English, but if you have no problems reading Dutch, then the Dutch part of this blog might also be interesting for you. It caters to a slightly different crowd.
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Digging deeper into AWstats

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Armijn Hemel, January 21, 2011, 8709 views.

AWstats is a popular program to analyze logfiles. The AWstats files themselves are neat little databases from which you can extract a wealth of information.

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Finding out what hardware is in a box with lshw

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Joor Loohuis, January 4, 2011, 7710 views.

Sometimes you need to know what hardware is in a system, but you don't have specs, or you don't have access to the system. Being able to extract this information directly from the system would then be extremely useful, and this is exactly what lshw does.

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Requesting remote JSON or XML from a Smarty template

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Joor Loohuis, December 19, 2010, 7841 views.

Occasionally it is necessary to get data from another domain to display on a webpage. Using Smarty templates it is very easy to fetch and display remote data in JSON or XML format.

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Adding sequences in phpPgAdmin

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Armijn Hemel, November 15, 2010, 8586 views.

PostgreSQL is a very powerful database engine. A helpful tool for managing PostgreSQL databases is phpPgAdmin. Although it is a good tool some things are a bit quirky.

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Static assignment of arrays in Smarty templates

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Joor Loohuis, November 13, 2010, 10509 views.

Occasionally, you need to fill an array with values for use in a Smarty template without explicitly assigning it in your PHP code. Here are some tricks for creating arrays directly in a template.

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