“How many times have you needed a quick and dirty method of
displaying data, in a ‘dashboard’ format, that everybody could
easily view? Everybody has a Web browser, so why not use that for
your dashboard? PHP and Apache make it easy. Here’s how you can
take a text file, evaluate the content using PHP, then display
results on a browser dashboard.
“You’ll need a networked Linux box with Apache and PHP loaded as
your data collection server. My server is on old 200MHz Pentium
desktop box with 128MB of memory and SUSE Linux 8.2 Pro installed.
A recycled desktop machine can easily serve dashboard pages for 20
or 30 people…”