I am very reluctant to talk about politics on this blog but enough is enough.
Due to new regulations of Union of European Socialist Republics I have to comply to new GDPR regulation. Since SmalllSkill Studio is not a corporation with it´s own army of lawyers I decided to replace a commenting system with a Disqus plugin. That means several things
more comfortable commenting since you can login with one account into many comment sections of many websites
deleting all comments that were written with the old comment system (i am deeply sorry for deleting comments of three people who actualy used comments)
less spam in comments
I am glad to offshore the buerocracy to somebody else 🙂 at least for now
Imposing new rules
I am going to make up a set of rules for discussing on this page…. I found it not to be nesessary because comments were so few in numbers but at least I will get some anger off my chest. Note that one of the rules will be you are forbidden to speak positively about European Union under any circumstances.
All this time could have been spent with improving SmallTime or experimenting with software that could be published in future. I have very little time so if more regulations will take place, this website will be moved out of EU.
Since this website is not compatible with requirements that help me avoid regulations, I decided that now is the right time for a deeper website maintenance. You should not notice any changes except better security and maybe a bit shorter loading times. If you notice some big changes it probably will be because something went wrong horribly.
That´s all and sorry for not bringing you some cool stuff.
A bugfix release of SmallTime has just been released.
This release contains only bugfix of sound notification system so you will be notified about imminent event even when SmallTime is minimised.
During fixing his bug I noticed that internal window management that I use sucks and I will do a review and fix it up. You may notice that when minimising of app when sound notification is active, the transition is not entirely smooth regarding the sound. I will try to make it better in next release and also put in some more features related to sounds like custom notification sound, sound volume etc.
That´s all. As always, you can download latest version of SmallTime by clicking this wonderful blue button that says Download below. Enjoy!
SmallTime 1.0g release is planned on 1st May 2018. New version is already properly finished and intense testing is in progress.
This release will contain only a fig for bug#11 (Sound notifications are not working when SmallTime is minimised by clicking an arrow in upper left corner) and minor changes under the hood. Also, the installer will have correct version so no one will get confused during the installation process.
In latest release of SmallTime, sound notifications are not activated when SmallTime is minimised(by clicking the arrow in upper left corner of your screen). I will fix this bug this weekend, do some real testing for a week and then release a version 1.0g where this issue will be fixed.
I am sorry for the inconvenience and I hope you did not suffer any damage by setting up countdowns with sound notifications that were not activated. I personaly forgot to take the laundry out and also burned a frozen pizza badly because of this bug. Also almost missed an important appointment.
EDIT: because of big personal events in my life, bugfix release is postponed for now. Sorry, I will get to it ASAP
SmallTime 1.0f was released today. It contains few bugfixes and few new features that increase it´s overall effectivity and user comfort. This release is a bit rough so there may be some tiny polishing needed before next release but I think that new features are worth it.
bug #9: lower parts of some letters in event name field are not cut off anymore
bug #10: words were being cut in half at the end of a line when creating an event description in add new timer screen
ability to set sound alarm for your countdowns.
current date and time are preset when adding a new timer.
slight changes to user interface
You can download SmallTime 1.0f here —>
So that´s it. I wish you a great winter solstice, merry christmas and a happy new year, all in one package. Enjoy!
SmallTime 1.0f will be released in January 2018. In this version, I will implement a sound reminder feature that is activated from within a new options menu which is a replacement of an about screen. Sound will be played everytime when a countdown reaches 0 to remind you that event has started. This is useful for example, for a user who works on a computer and gets a sound notification that reminds him of a meeting that is about to start.
And you can see a typo in the screenshot I posted. It should and will be “sound notifications”. Also note that this picture does not represent a final product and is a subject of change if needed.
What happened to a Linux version of SmallTime?
SmallTime version 1 will be a secondary project for now because I am focusing on making a small testing app for Windows, Linux and maybe Android to make sure I will not do any critical mistakes when porting SmallTime to other platforms. I hope I can make most of my progress with this testing app(maybe a minigame?) during christmas holidays and release it in May 2018. I would like to give you a steady supply of releases next year so I hope for SmallTime 2.0 in September 2018. But handful of people reading this blog regulary already know me and my promises 🙂
SmallTime 2 may not have all features implemented from the beginning but I will try to catch up with version 1.0f(or later) as soon as possible. Depends on the time I will have.
Bitcoin donations avaiable
From now on you can donate Bitcoin to SmallSkill Studio. Keep me from starving please. Litecoin donations will be avaiable soon.
You can donate Bitcoin to 17eUJncpADzMUY4yJ8ETna1EWMuhxAhwjr
Since today, you can support SmallSkill Studio by mining Monero that can be mined from within web browser.
Monero is a cryptocurrency. That means that it is not made by a central bank of any country but instead it is produced by providing “proof of work”. That means your computer will get a chunk of data that can be decifered into a cryptocurrency. By mining cryptocurrency for smallskill studio you can exchange power of your computer for creating an asset that will support SmallSkill Studio.
Don´t be shy and donate a bit of your electricity to support my work and make me able to give more work to you.
I have asked a couple of people to keep it running for a minute and results look promising. I may provide a classic donate options but I have to look into some legal issues first. It is not easy to find time for this because I have quite a few tasks at hand, including a new version of SmallTime that would fix some bugs present in current version,
I made a mod for two SCS Software games: Eurotruck simulator 2 and American Truck simulator. This mod changes the sun position in theese games according to day in year in real world. Nothing more to say about this except two pictures of comparing winter and summer time in their game.
Just a short note. You will not be seeing any more ads from Google on this website. This does not mean that website will end, everythin else will go as (slowly) normal. For me it means few hour a year more at work and for you it means more comfortable browsing experience.
More news tommorrow, update on SmallTime unfortunately may not come as soon as I planned. I have encountered hardware issues with my internal server so making finishing touches on a multiplatform project has become a HUGE PAIN.
But I made a mod for one game to test setup of my updated development tools as an attempt for appeacement with people I disapointed. (hey, this happens when somebody does something for you for free 🙂 )