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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Making your servers a bit more "green" with smart system adminstration, part 2: tools

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Armijn Hemel, August 12, 2009, 6722 views.

"Green IT" can only work if you have a combined approach of optimization on all levels. System administration can play an important role. What you need is a good set of tools.

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Using OpenStreetMaps with the Google Maps API

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Joor Loohuis, August 6, 2009, 18260 views.

It is relatively easy to add a new map type to Google Maps, provided you have access to a tile server. As an example, we use the OpenStreetMaps data set to display a map that doesn't have all the usage restrictions that the regular map types have.

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Quick and dirty yum checks

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Armijn Hemel, August 2, 2009, 6056 views.

As a system administrator you want to be on top of your systems when it comes to security. You need to know when there are security updates you are interested in, so you can act on them.

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Multilingual websites and webapplications using PHP and Smarty, part 2: dictionary based templates

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Joor Loohuis, July 26, 2009, 30262 views.

One of the components of a multilingual website or webapplication is providing support for different languages. Typically, the translations are not provided by webdevelopers, but by less technically oriented people, who prefer a low-tech approach to translating. In this article a dictionary based translation model for Smarty templates is demonstrated, which is easy to implement, maintain, and extend.

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Making your servers a bit more "green" with smart system adminstration (part 1)

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Armijn Hemel, July 22, 2009, 6840 views.

One of the latest crazes is "Green IT". There are a lot of companies who are marketing their solutions, mostly hardware, which should help you consuming less power while doing business. But there are also a lot of things you can do yourself, which are not difficult at all.

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