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I have withdrawn Bitcoin from donation page and wallet will be closed down this evening.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 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.
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.
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.
Recently I have made some design changes to this website so that SmallTime and Nerderity Report are visible right when you load the page. Unfortunately I have been informed by a friend of mine that it looks like an ad from a third party.
I was planning to improve the buttons so they would better fit into the website theme but I don´t have the time to finish those changes. It should be done troughout next week. I also assure you that this website does not have any ads and will not try to mislead you into downloading third party software.
More news soon, enjoy!
Update 1: It looks a bit better now. I will do some fine-tuning tho.
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 info
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