Posts By: rob

RobSearles is now a .com

I take a look at why I blog, what I get out of it and how I can improve my blog for both me an you. First step, moving from to

Securing CentOS/cPanel with Sudo

I’m primarily a Ubuntu and Debian user, however just bought a new VPS server to hold my company’s clients’ website. For ease of use I chose a cPanel powered VPS which runs on CentOS 5.2 I wanted to secure the setup as much as I could, and one way is to disabled login via root… Read more »

TinyTwit – Polling App for Twitter – Launched!

I am pleased to announce that I have just launched the very first version of my new Twitter Application: TinyTwit. So what is TinyTwit? TinyTwit is a way to conduct tiny polls on Twitter. If you want to ask a short question that can have a yes, no or maybe answer then TinyTwit is for… Read more »

What to do with old domains

I am one of those people that are very good at the “ideas” stage, but not necessarily so go at the “completion” stage. You can read that as I get bored easily. I normally have a “great idea”, work around the clock to get it up and running, but within a few days am bored… Read more »

Increasing Productivity with Gnome’s Tomboy

I have found a new productivity tool, which I find is really help me. Well, OK, I didn’t find it, it was shown to me by a fellow geek. But I have to say it is rather fantastic. So what is it? Well, unless you didn’t read the title to this post you’ll know that… Read more »

Rewriting web apps: pros and cons.

I’ve recently been thinking a lot about software rewriting, more specifically rewriting web sites and web apps. The reason for this is that I’m currently working on some code for a client that has transferred me onto their project after getting annoyed with the original developers failing to meet expectations. Without divulging too much, the… Read more »

Do You Know What a Browser is?

What is a browse? A question posed on this YouTube video to 50 passers by of varying ages and backgrounds in New York’s Times Square. What a stupid question, I initially thought: everyone must know what a browser is. However, their answers made me raise an eyebrow of astonishment and forced me to rethink my preconceptions…. Read more »

Programming is a Little Bit Like Wine Tasting

As many of you know I’m doing a part time degree course (Politics, Philosophy and History) as well as being a self employerd web developer. One of the best things about this course is that I can go to extra lectures which complement the course. A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of… Read more »

PHP5: Fake Method Overloading

Been struggling for the past hour or so with method overloading within objects, so I thought I’d write a little not on my blog to hopefully help others and to remind myself. The premise for this is that I was writing a new database wrapper class to speed up the rather rubbish database module I… Read more »

Top 7 Tips for Successfully Outsourcing Development

As a self-employed web developer I’ve had numerous experiences over the years outsourcing work to other providers. This is the option I turn to when a relatively “simple” clearly defined project comes in that I’m either too busy to take on myself, or I don’t want to be distracted from a larger, more complex project…. Read more »