Archive for November, 2012

Monthly Donations: Vim/ICCF Holland and the Animal Shelter in Bydgoszcz

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

We’re getting close to the end of the worldmonth, which is when I usually do my monthly donations — so let’s get to it.

The open source project that I’m supporting this time is Vim, the text editor of choice for many programmers. I thought it’s a perfect moment to make it this month’s project because of two reasons:

  1. I recently switched (back) to using Vim as my primary editor/IDE
  2. Vim just celebrated its 21st birthday (three days ago — Happy Birthday!)

The donation that I’m sending is not actually going to Vim, but to ICCF Holland, which is an organization devoted to helping children in Uganda. All financial support for Vim is transferred to them — which is awesome. Thanks and best wishes to Bram Moolenar, the author of Vim, all the contributors to the project, and to the volunteers of ICCF Holland!

I’m also supporting the Animal Shelter in Bydgoszcz, which has a long tradition of caring for unfortunate cats and dogs, and finding them new homes. Thanks to all the employees and volunteers of the shelter for their work!

ImgAreaSelect 0.9.9

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

I have finally released the new version of imgAreaSelect, numbered 0.9.9, which is intended to be the last version in the 0.x line (the next one is going to be a glorious 1.0 release).

The new version fixes a few minor issues, and is tested to work with the latest version of jQuery (1.8.3). As always, lots of thanks to all the people that sent me feedback and helped me with debugging.

I also promised to give you an update on the mobile version of the plugin. Well, it’s in a somewhat stalled state. I can’t get back to really working on it, because my beloved testing environment went broken — specifically, I can no longer test on an iOS browser. Since I don’t own any iOS devices, I used to do testing on an iPhone/iPad simulator, on Mac OS X running on a VirtualBox virtual machine. But, on my new system, I can’t get the VM to work. I spent countless hours reconfiguring the machine, creating new instances and reinstalling the OS, but so far nothing worked.

Anyway, I’m still determined to get back on it and get the mobile version to a release state, so either I’m going to get this bloody VM to work soon, or I might just end up getting an Apple device (gasp!). I also considered building a Hackintosh, but this might lead to the same problems that I’m having with the VM — ain’t nobody got time for that.

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