SmallTime 2.0 sneak peek

In last post I mentioned that a library update completely broke SmallTime 2(currently v1.6.0). This issue is now resoled and I also got SmallTime to work on both Windows and Linux. As a bonus I probably fixed a potential performance issue on MacOSX operating systems but since I don´t have required hardware, I cannot test it nor build a SmallTime for Mac.

Also, graphical user interface for displaying tasks is now complete. Even better, countdowns and timers will now have distinct colors, so it will be easier to spot which task is a countdown and which is a timer. In old SmallTime 1.0h there is a green halo around the progress bar but it is not as distinguishable.

Two weeks ago I made buttons work so I can open an (empty) window where task editor will be in future. It is still a work in progress and I hope I will have time to fill in the task editor with widgets that will basically make it viable for common use.

And of course, here is a screenshot that I promised. SmallTime 2.0 will use a dark theme by default but later you will be able to switch to the (sort of)old light theme. Please note that color scheme is a subject of change and will be fine tuned troughout the development process.

Road to SmallTime 2.0

After a long time a time has come to reveal some big news. Next year I will bring you a new version of SmallTime that will be smaller, faster, better and will work on Windows, Linux and maybe even MacOS if I ever get hands on the right hardware.

Changes that were made

Just to keep it straight and short, I will write out some of the most notable changes from 1.0 series to version 2.0 that is in the making:

  • total rewrite: SmallTime 2.0 is being rewritten from the ground up using modern programming language(Rust) and versatile graphics library. That opens a wide range of options in the future.
  • it is smaller: development version of SmallTime 2.0(currently 1.5.0) is 10MB in size as opposed to 164MB in current public version.
  • better customisability: customisability was planned as one of crucial features of Smalltime but I had to postpone that because of technical and design limitations of tools I was using. Most of the issues are now out of the way and you will be able to customise next version of SmallTime to your liking.

Road ahead

I already have a working protoype of SmallTime 2.0 but there is a long way from a prototype to full product. It is a bumpy road since some of tools I use are not finished and their features are subject of change. For example a bugfix I implemented for latest Linux fedora broke the app completely and I am in process of putting it back together with new updated tools. Anyway, I don´t want to get too technical and I want to let you know what is left to be done before SmallTime 2.0 release

  • adding/removing tasks using the user interface is not implemented yet
  • roughly 30% of app settings are now working and I need to pump up those numbers a lot.
  • graphical user interface to change settings

I will provide you with more detailed information and screenshots very soon. Enjoy!

Website security update

Today I made updates to this website focusing on the overall security. Since there is no way of users loging in directly to this page and only parts of the website(some images for example) were not encrypted, this did not present much of a secury threat, but it is always better to be safe than sorry. I hope that this will also make my website look more trustworthy.

Also if you can sacrifice few dollars, you can have a sneak peek on what is currently in the making at SmallSkill Studio. Find out by clicking on Premium Subscription button and subscribe for at least 1 dollar per month. Your financial help will be greatly appreciated and it will allow me to spend more time creating products that will benefit you.

More news will come soon, enjoy!

Premium subscriptions

After a long, long time I can dedicate myself to continue developing software again. There were no updates for the last year but this project is not dead, updates and new stuff will be coming out this year… or at least some beta release.

I spent last almost 365 days improving my skills, freeing up more time for my projects and rethinking the strategy to bring the best experience to you. But not everything during that time was unrelated to this website. I made concepts of new software that will bring the fun back into this place. Also, I already started to work on a remake of project that did not recieve my attention for a long time. I will give you more info in a few weeks.

However, to speed up things even more, I need to pay my bills and pay for this website . To keep things going as planned I need to work overtime at my job, so if you want to make the development go faster, you can now support me via SubscribeStar crowdfunging platform. In return, you will get:

  • monthly progress reports
  • access to a Discord server where you can contact me directly and ask for customer support faster than via e-mail
  • early access to all software/games that will be later publicly available here
  • i am thinking about providing access to beta releases of new software versions but I am not really sure about that

However, the most crucial information will be still available on this website and you can still get customer support via email on lubosmudrak93@gmail.com. I will try to help you there but note that it may take some time for me to reply because there are many things with high priority that I have to attend to.

More news will come soon after I will publish my first progress report for premium subscribers here: https://www.subscribestar.com/smallskill-studio. I know that I have made this decision in a very hard times, but every crisis will pass and after that, we can flourish and grow. I wish good luck to everyone still reading this and of course, stay safe.

SmallTime 1.0h released

After a bit of a delay (I am deeply sorry for that) SmallTime 1.0h is finally coming.

New features and bug fixes

  • Settings menu
  • ability to display SmallTime on right side of your monitor
  • after clicking on Details button on any of your countdowns or timers, a window with additional information will appear.
  • fixed bug #12:  When hovering mouse cursor over event details button, time is shown in wrong format if time of an event is set between first and nineth minute
  • fixed bug #13:  When clicking the edit event button, event time is set itself to whole hour if time of an event is set between first and nineth minute

I hope that you will like this release and that you will keep supporting me so I can bring you more products and services.

As always, there is a big wonderful button that will download the new SmallTime if you click it -> 

P.S. I will update that button to match others on this website as soon as my time allows me to.

Unexpected Jihad #4 – British ISIS force

After failed airline business and attempt to raise awareness by a coffee campaign, ISIS decided that it is time to step into the British military service and spread their message there.

I decided to have a bit of fun again and brought you this. Have a laugh or be offended, it is your choice 🙂 . Authors of original videos deserve credit so I put my sources below.

explosion sound efect
“https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdO3_r6juRU”

original soldier video
“https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQ4OoPNY_YM”

video of explosion
“https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ezmqd42xLyA”

music
“https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvMR3V9z3W8-”

ISIS flag animation: property of SmallSkill Studio

Closing down Bitcoin donations

This month will be full of news, relative to other months.

Since Bitcoin´s blockchain size is huge, transaction speed is low and fees are very high, I decided to close down Bitcoin wallet of SmallSkill Studio. This was planned for a long time but due to unexpected circumstances I have to do it a bit sooner then was planned. Sorry for inconvenience.

Bitcoin is a milestone in financial evolution and it introduced totaly new paradigm of international transactions without limitations and regulations imposed by big banks and governments. However while Bitcoin is a great proof of concept, it lacks technical parameters for usability on a massive scale. And that is the main reason why I decided to stop support for Bitcoin donations.

I have withdrawn Bitcoin from donation page and wallet will be closed down this evening.

SmallTime 1.0h release date

SmallTime 1.0h will be released on 3rd November 2018.

SmallTime 1.0h was supposed to be a bugfix release but some users had issues with how event informations were handled. In previous version of Smalltime, if you hold your mouse above event information button(the one with little black rectangles that represent lines of text) a bubble with info about this event would pop up. However it is highly unintuitive to use it like this. So in SmallTime 1.0h when you click this button a dialog with informations about event name, date and description will appear. If you like to look at this info as you did before, you still can.

Another thing. I kept delaying code optimisation for a looong time so adding new features is getting very chaotic again. so in version after 1.0h there will be a 1.0j update with no new features, maybe even no bugfixes. It will only contain architecture and maybe some performance upgrades.

I know you are waiting for bugfixes related to event editing issues (bugs #13 and #14 shown here https://www.smallskill.org/smalltime/ ) so I will try to get everything nice and ready in time.

New donation options

I am glad to announce that SmallSkill Studio finally accepts donations in Monero. Donations in Litecoin Cash are also avaiable. Monero and Litecoin cash are far more superior to Bitcoin and Litecoin. Please, consider donating if you like our products and want to help them grow.

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Dropping Bitcoin support

Bitcoin was a technological breaktrough and it started a technological revolution in worldwide payments. However it was not built to be used on a massive scale. That is why Bitcoin support will be dropped in near future. Donation button will be visible until May 1st 2019. SmallSkill Bitcoin wallet will be emptied and closed on January 1st 2020.