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Javascript Same Height Div’s

Recently I had to make some divs the same height. Usually I would just pad the bottom of a div with page breaks but I couldn’t do that this time round as the page content is dynamic and the height of the divs could change.

First thing I did was look online for answers and sure enough there were solutions but looking at them they seemed over complicated so I decided to write my own solution.

Javascript Code:

Update at:

Simply pass an array of your divs to the function. Easy peasy….

Just an extra word of warning… Be aware of using padding on the blocks you pass to this function. If the paddings are different in each block then they may not end up being the same height. Although you could modify the function to check for the use of padding and alter the heights accordingly.

Getting Windows HDD usage with PHP and SNMP

At work a couple of months back I was faced with a problem that many of our servers would run out of hard drive space without us knowing and that would cause the server to hang and/or stop responding. So I did a bit of research and came across. This little utilility would run on the server in command line and tell you what drives were available and some info of the drives like space used and available. Well with this I would echo out the data to a text file and send that across to a common holding ground. Then from there get my web server to constantly scan this folder for new logs. This method worked but it had its issues.

Well yesterday at work I was playing around with SNMP and after finding a site with W2K MIBS I found lots of info you can pull from the server. Now I was already familiar with SNMP in PHP thanks to their documentation on their site. So using their snmpwalk function I was able to pull the relevant data to get HDD usage info.

$names = snmpwalk($row['ip'], “public”, ‘.′);
$used = snmpwalk($row['ip'], “public”, ‘.′);
$total = snmpwalk($row['ip'], “public”, ‘.′);
$alloc = snmpwalk($row['ip'], “public”, ‘.′);

Now that would give me an array of drive names, space used on those drives, total space available on those drives and the allocation units. Now the allocation units I didn’t realize I needed as I thought the numbers given in used and total were just measured in bytes but they aren’t. The numbers in used and total are how many blocks of allocation size (if that makes sense). So to get the true byte value from used and total you need to multiply them by the allocation size number.

25599569 * 4096 = 104855834624B = 97.65GB

So there you have it. Now you know how to get HDD usage from your server using PHP and SNMP.

PHP File Upload Progress Bar Part 2

After further investigation PHP 5.2.0 now allows you to use the APC (Alternative PHP Cache) addition with the ability to track the progress of uploads. Within windows it is as simply adding the dll extension to your php.ini and putting some configs there to. With Linux I’m not too sure how you add this extension as I don’t know Linux well. But anyway below is some nice and easy documentation on this.

PHP File Upload Progress Bar

PHP File Upload Progress Bar

As you may be aware in php it doesn’t have the functionality to report back the status of file uploads. For example upload percent complete, speed of upload and estimated time of completion. To be able to provide a progress bar the easiest way would be to use a perl script to do the uploading for you as perl has this functionality. Now I build a file uploader for the public and I looked at providing a perl uploader but because I know very little about the language of perl I couldn’t get any examples to work for me, but the ones that did work needed some server side changes. These server side changes would be no good for most of my downloader’s as many of them don’t have root access to their server.

There is another solution out there but once again it involves making server side changes which hacks php and adds the additional functions to track the upload progress of a file.

The above hack for PHP can be found at There isn’t much documentation out there for it but if you do a Google search you will find one or two examples.

The above hack I’m thinking about putting it in my module so that those that have the modified php will be able to run my uploader with the progress bar but those without would not get the upload progress bar. The thing in to build my module to use this hack I need a server that is running the hacked version of php. Thing is I’m stuck with a shared hosting account and I don’t have access to modify php. So if there is anyone out there that can lend me some space for a short time and is running the above hack please contact me so I can’t continue building my file uploader script