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* Letter to a Friend on Christmas morning *

Just wrote a reply to a good friend, a penpal via the app.

She sent me a nice letter and was not pleased with the multitude of tabs in use in my too busy browser .

Now the story is on my blog: write.tedomum.net/rgx/letter-t

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* Letter to a Japanese Friend, Winter Solstice *

Just now finished writing a letter to a good friend, a Japanese lady who is my penpal via the Slowly app.

My friend sent me a nice letter and described some local customs, including the one that explains the image in the post.

Now the story is on my blog: write.tedomum.net/rgx/letter-t

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* Memories, a visit to the Archeology Museum *

It started this morning, the thread. And over short posts, someone told a story. Of a Greek man, who lived in antiquity, by the Mediterranean side; in a city whose name is still preserved, and today is written "Marseille".

Enjoying it, I remembered similar thoughts, and how things worked, how small bits and pieces came to me as I visited an exposition, at the Archeological Museum, in Lisbon.

Now the story is on my blog: write.tedomum.net/rgx/memories

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Setting up the Advanced Web Interface for Mastodon - Full use of wide screens

Have now figured out a way to make my laptop settings for the mastodon Web Client really sharp – it is using the FULL screen width, but without the madness of the multi-pane, 3 pulsating Feeds running simultaneously which is kind of the Default when you enable it.

I have prepared a Tutorial, with step by step notes, screenshots to help people wanting a similar setup.

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Pinafore users, how about a WIDE screen layout?

How about this for a Proposed Dream Layout on Pinafore --- for us Wide Screen Users?

My mockup of a DREAM Pinafore client setup -- Local and Notifications Panels open side by side, with a Toot Editor box at the far left side. Power for Wide Screen Users!

Full Size, 1600 p wide pic: i.postimg.cc/028mwh79/Mockup-2

[** sent to Pinafore author from another instance. Posted here for comments and ideas **]

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Windows 10, change System Font for a better one?

Something I have done, and planned to post about

A simple change which I am really enjoying. For Windows 10 users, the default System font is the new 'Segoe UI' font and its variants, all included in the default Windows 10 install.

However, it IS possible to change it, to whichever font you feel would be more readable, or prettier, or that you prefer for any reason.

A quick search will reveal many pages written about this topic, and even videos for those who prefer that form of presentation.

Why change it?

Because, there are better alternatives. Microsoft itself developed at least two families of Fonts in the 1990's which were specifically designed and optimized for on-screen reading. They are outstanding for that. These fonts are:

Georgia - a Serif font, which I would recommend as a replacement for your default Browser font, instead of the plain Times New Roman usually configured by their developer.

Verdana - a Sans Serif font which is an improvement on the Arial font, and could also be adopted as a better one for Browser default. (Arial and Sans being usually the browser predefined picks).

And now here it is. A Guide on how to easily improve system wide readability...

That is the topic of Today's Blog Page

#FediReporter information gathering for us all.. #Typography #UI #Windows

#newusers #welcome #VerdanaPRO is beautiful.

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Wishlist - wider rez screens layout support?

In the lovely Pinafore client.

As a laptop user primarily, it's been an uphill battle getting good clients for #fediverse which recognize and respect the fact we have lots of pixels.

Responsive Design is great - I have started learning and practising it, understand the logic. Good stuff.

But, honestly - the internet has too much to offer for real work to be performed in a mobile device. Content creation, we need better software that allows us to use what's in our chosen platform.

Case in point, Wide Screen Displays.

Which I have made various attempts at getting improvements for. I explain and show screenshots of some solutions and ideas on the post.

Pinafore Responsive Layouts

Shows 3 classes of devices, see screenshots in blog post.

Mobile ( 320x480p) portrait/landscape
Small Tablet (600x800p) 2 modes also
Tablet (768x1024p) standard iPad res, 2 modes also

If we could get a couple of added new, wider classes it would be wonderful. Could we, please ??

That is the topic of Today's Blog post

#FediReporter on the crusade for better wide screen devices support.

(Uphill battle, but we shall persevere) #mastodev #UI #UX

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Creating a site specific Search box in a Write.Freely blog

It's possible, with a DuckDuckGo custom search.

I found out a way to create a Site specific search which can be used in our Write.freely blogs. (had posted a topic here a month ago, about using Google's Custom Search Engine -- which cannot work for us as it requires JavaScript, not supported in standard WF instances).

DuckDuckGo has this - and it is all inside an iFrame block, which does work from a normal WF page. I have tested it and it's even better than the Google one as we are not logging into their voracious indexing of everyone's behaviours.

Details are here : duckduckgo.com/search_box

I made a post at the Write.as forum with the source code for a tested and working search page for my WF blog at TeDomum.net.

See the post and source here.

#FediReporter #WriteFreely #Blog #Search solution

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A Better Browser Alternative? February 2021

Need a better one?

An update I will share with friends, I have been looking for an alternative to my previous favourite browser. Waterfox, which I have used for years now, is itself an alternative to Firefox, developed based on it, and improved.

But - it has been laggy and acting up on the most recent releases. See the many new topics and people complaining about problems, in the Reddit Waterfox sub-forum. Time to look around for a better tool.

I tried a couple of alternatives, and here there's a summary of info and impressions.

That is the topic of Today's Blog post

#FediReporter updates #rgxJournal recommended.

#browsers #internet #Firefox #chrome

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A Glitch-Social Fediverse Instances List?

That is really needed.

On June 3, I wrote a Toot at my new account, found late on the previous night. (the busy tabs list mentioned is the banner below)

A picture of my busy Tabs list in #Waterfox browser shows that I really was looking for some good GlitchSocial instances.

Had been intensively searching for a list (non-existant, afaik) of Glitch-Social instances. They tend to be blended in with generic mastodon ones, so it was quite a chore.

In a Blog page about this, I wrote:

I WILL provide that list soon -- there is a need.

And now here it is.

That is the topic of Today's Blog Page

A Big List of known Glitch Instances. Updated as of December 27, 2020.

Why I had been thinking about a better Instance. [Part 3]

Back in June, 2020 I had decided to look for a better instance for my main account. I had various reasons for that, one of the most important being I wanted an account at a Glitch-Social instance, which supports many advanced features, compared to the plain Mastodon ones.

Things like : MarkDown text formatting support. Larger maximum Toot sizes. Finer UI controls and many other advances not present in the main Mastodon branch.

I found one - and wrote a nice Blog page about it, which has been popular. It has been my Home in the Fediverse since June.

Many thanks to Niklas, our admin at muensterland.social, for the service. 👍🙂

#FediReporter information gathering for us all..
#Glitchsocial #instances #newusers #welcome

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A non-computer-person’s guide to how Mastodon instances work

What to know about how it works before you sign up for it

An excellent post at Medium.com by manga Columbo. Recommended reading for newer users, a good reference to pass to your friends in other networks.

Maybe you’re antsy about the news about Elliott Management trying to force out Jack Dorsey, or perhaps your curiosity is piqued because you see a bunch of your friends talking about joining, or maybe you just want to check out a relatively new corner of the Web. So what is Mastodon? Specifically, what does it mean when it talks about signing up for an instance rather than for Mastodon itself?

The Full article is Here. 👍

#FediReporter #Reference readings. Recommended.

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Pinafore, a wonderful Client for the Fediverse

A Powerful and Light, FAST client for Mastodon, etc...

Originally posted as a sequence of Toots from my account at Koyu.Space, this was well received, appreciated by the Pinafore client's Author and I think is quite informative.

There's a lack of good reporting and documentation on many projects in the Fediverse.

But Pinafore is beloved of its users - see screenshot below, from the Pinafore fediverse hashtag. And some others in the blog too. 👍🙂❤

...and that is just the beginning of this special Christmas Day edition of my Tech Blog.

Dedicated to Nolan, with a big thank you for the great work in the Pinafore client.

Pinafore, a wonderful Client for the Fediverse - Mastodon, Glitch-Social and Pleroma Instances all supported

#FediReporter on #Tools for Power Users.

#Recommended for All Fedi Users in fact. #rgxJournal

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In response to an earlier post

After reading about #blogging on #fediverse I found out that commenting facility is quite a hassle.

But fear not, write.as, a great blogging platform, is currently developing remark.as, a discussion and commenting system for write.as.

Once the developers release remark.as, we will have a great publishing suite running on fediverse.

Currently the publishing suite consist of:

Write.as
Submit.as: accept writing submission
Draft.as: edit together
Snap.as: photo sharing
Remark.as

OP above is by @ heavenly_general @social.linux.pizza

Important clarifications are needed here, so people know more precisely what software packages they can use under a free license agreement.

Write.as is a great company - I am a happy user of the Write.freely.org site and the write.freely blog platform.

WF is indeed free and open sourced. There are various instances in the Fediverse we can chose from. Their terms and conditions do vary - so some comparison is a good idea.

Write.as is the company's main site and their funding source. Getting a free blog there is still possible, but it's VERY limited in comparison with what one can get from the write.freely hosts.

I know since I do have an account at write.as, which went unused due to these limitations. I do operate two blogs which are hosted in different WF instances, and would recommend those and others as well.

Write.as continues extending their platform. Their Snap.as photo and image sharing platform is wonderful - and I would love to use it, but it's currently to anyone other than 'Pro' Write.as members - a paid service level.

The other items you mentioned equally are in active development and available to Write.as members - some restricted to the paid membership levels.

Will develop this post further - and publish as a proper Blog page soon.

#FediReporter on #blog platforms on Fediverse.

#Writefreely is wonderful. Recommended.

Find a good WF host, see link for suggested sites.

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On MarkDown Learning, Tutorial, and Editors

@joaopinheiro And I came back, on a quiet moment to read your new blog page. Very nice - I really enjoyed it, and think it can be useful to other people as well.

Same as you, I first learned about MarkDown upon getting started with blogging - using the Write.Freely software, which is the free open source version of the Write.as blog.

Both Write.Freely and Write.as are superb tools for writers - as they were designed to simplify things, avoiding the complications and excess luggage that the major blog platforms (WordPress, etc) have.

This is just the Beginning of today's Blog post...

On MarkDown Learning, Tutorial, and Editors

With a little extra for anyone curious or interested in how to install their own private Write.Freely instance - runs here on my Windows 10 laptop.

#FediReporter Tools of the Trade

#MarkDown is love. #Publishing #Blog #writefreely
#BlogResponse to a #friend

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Why choose Glitch-Social for a main account?

That is a Good Question. Here's why.

A collage of recent posts on important issues we face in the Fediverse. And which we hopefully can move forward on.

Originally In response to a post by Snow

Why you chose Glitch social? It still can be affected by Eugen.

Indeed — Glitch-Social is a Much Better mastodon, but still has the heavy load of all the mastocode under the hood.

Now in the polished and extended Blog edition.

With reference links and screenshots. (original toot earlier today here)

Ready now at my Write.Freely host, courtesy of my friends at TeDomum.net - with my sincere thanks. One year Anniversary of my 'Musings by rg' blog.

Merci, to Ange and all the others in TeDomum Team!

Why choose a Glitch-Social instance for my main account? is Today's Blog. 📝🙂🖍

#FediReporter on the beat... #Markdown love.

#MarkText used for Blog post creation - recommended tool.

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MarkText editor - nice free, open source tool

New find, a lovely MarkDown text editor

This morning I stumbled across an interesting blog - The Plain Text Project, and in it, a reference to a good markdown text editor.

Have tried others before, and not for long; I am familiar with the MD tags, and work well with the EditPad Lite text editor, or from inside the nice Dark Themed Write.freely blog editor, if I am composing a new blog page.

The review is really well done,

...got my attention - and I made a post on Twitter about it soon after. Painful, with Twitter's crippling small limit for posts, broken up in many parts, which makes it more difficult to create a coherent presentation.

However - writing it was the push to download and install MarkText - and to collate some of the thoughts in the Tweets into a longer, Fediverse intended post. This one, being written inside MarkText itself, my first trial. And it looks and feels wonderful already.

See my Blog post for Today about it Here.

#FediReporter new Tools of the Trade report... Recommended.

#rgxJournal #MarkDown #WriteFreely #MarkText is a great find!

This Blog Page announce was entirely produced with MarkText editor.
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The Need for Better UI Design and Wide Screen Support in Fediverse

In relation to an 11 months old topic and a mockup Pinafore 2 panels design proposal

Looking back at this proposal, and sadly we didn't get ahead in the months past.

Pinafore is still my favourite client - speed, lightness, unobstrusive design and an attentive, responsive designer and project leader, @nolan

I understood Nolan's reluctance of changing the basic design principle of Pinafore - the single column display is the chassis and engine of this project. Works wonderful in a mobile, small screen environment, and acceptably in a wide display setting for laptops and PCs.

Clarifying - it works wonderfully in PC/Laptop mode,

...most of my posting in Fediverse is done via Pinafore.

But we still haven't dealt with the fact that Wide Screen Displays can do better than a single panel of information, centered on screen. With acres of wasted pixel land around in unused side areas.

My quest for better support and UI design for wide screen displays is not over. Maybe we can get progress?

We had some excellent solutions,

...in the recent past, with the use of the 'Collapsed Mastodon' browser add-on for Firefox.

Sadly, that add-on was broken by changes appearing in Mastodon 3.1.x code, and it has not been repaired.

For anyone interested in a full explanation, a detailed and illustrated Topic is presented in this Forum Topic

I have made a Suggestion and feature Request submission at the Glitch-Social GitHub - here - as suggested by one of the GS MastoFE project maintainers.

Sadly, 6 months passed. I was off fediverse mostly. Not much has changed, other than some once good instances dropping in my estimation.

But there's always hope, no?

Wanted : Good support for wide screen displays.

2 Columns setup, with space to read and write properly. A workspace for serious reading and write.

Not a TweetDeck clone, thank you.

#Mastodon #UI #UX #mastodev #AWI needs improvement.

#PleromaFE is pretty, but it's a single column by design -- which suffers from the same wasted space problem.

#MastoFE in Pleroma is a compromise, and we could optimize it's use of wide screens (same as mastodon, as the FE is really Glitch-Social's web client software).

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MarkDown Rendering -- Glitch-Social still has The BEST one.

It's pretty dismaying to me, as a writer and publisher, to see some of my posts displayed in less than optimal presentation.

I had known that Glitch-Social does the very best job of MarkDown rendering. It is a big reason I selected a GS instance to call my home and main account, this one.

Pretty sad that Pleroma...

...Can't seem to understand and render properly such basics as Heading sizes. You know, the various H1, H2, H3...H6 possible heading sizes we can use in any web document.

Case in point

A post I just made an hour ago. Lightly formatted, without abusing Markdown, as the intention is to get readers for the full article on the blog mentioned.

The post in question is here.

And then, look how different platforms render it

Took some screenshots.

a. from the web client at a Glitch-social instance, the source for the post linked. Attached.

b. from inside Pinafore web client, which did a good rendering of it.

c. from a Pleroma instance I have an account on, and where :

H2 heading text is rendered smaller than normal paragraph text with Bold applied ? Really, #Pleroma?

I filled a bug report at the PleromaFE github months ago, about errors in MD Rendering (quote blocks, suppression of blank lines to separate blocks of text, etc)

No screenshot from the plain Mastodon vanilla instances, which I am not really frequenting for the past year - tired of their limited capabilities, 500 characters max toot size limit, no markdown, etc.

#PleromaFE bug report, please fix this - I love the project, and really think it's the Leading edge, the future.

But markdown is a make or break for me.

@lain please forward to the proper developers? Thank you.

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Zonelets -- Storing new Blog pages names, dates in a custom file

An idea for improvement?

This is in regards to the cool new 'Zonelets Blogs', created and maintained by Marina Kittaka.

Marina create this new project last month, November 2020, and it's got some really interesting aspects - a very simple approach, pure html source code, allowing people to learn and get familiar with the inner workings of the Web.

It is a minimalist approach, intentionally - as opposed to the heavy and too complex situation we see with WordPress and other large publishing platforms.

Based on simple fundamentals

Like having a free host ([like NeoCities.org](https;//neocities.org/)), which gives everyone a home, 1 GigaByte of storage space for their files, full access to them via a web tool, allows java-scripting and other good points.

I have been blogging for a year now with the very nice Write.freely platform, and am very happy. It is simple, polished and fast - a comparison with WordPress really did not impress me (bloated, slow to load a page upon an edit, preview).

Zonelets is javascript driven

All of the work needed to show a list of all recent posts, the one previous or newer to one you are currently reading, some assorted headers for the blog as desired -- all of this is done via Marina's nice work in the 'scripts.js' file.

(In stark comparison to that, my loved Write.freely platform does not allow any javascript at all to be used; for security, which is understandable.)

Zonelets works well, it's light and fast.

But I was worried about messing up the magical 'scripts.js' file with the frequent editing needed to add new posts to the blog (hopefully a frequent occurrence, no?)

Fast forward a day, and we have it.

Thanks to the assistance of a fellow programmer, much more versed in web dev than myself, I have made some modifications that allow this to happen.

The full report and details are on Today's Blog Post - at Write.Freely via TeDomum.net or via Zonelets - at Neocities.org

#FediReporter new tools in development
#Blog #writing #publishing #rgxJournal

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Verdana Pro -- why use 'Arial'

...when something much nicer is freely available?

20 different styles on the Windows Store download pack, Free. Verdana and Georgia were specially developed for on-screen reading. #dxp

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verdana

FREE Download from :

Microsoft directly

or Online Web Fonts

Georgia is also a better on-screen font

...designed to replace a serif font like Times New Roman.

Georgia is a serif typeface designed in 1993 by Matthew Carter and hinted by Tom Rickner for the Microsoft Corporation. It was intended as a serif typeface that would appear elegant but legible when printed small or on low-resolution screens. The typeface is inspired by Scotch Roman designs of the 19th century.

-source: Wikipedia

Georgia is a serif typeface designed by Matthew Carter for Microsoft Corporation in the mid-1990s. This typeface was designed as a serif companion to the Verdana font family with a goal to appear elegant but legible on low-resolution screens as well as when printed at small sizes.

-source: Microsoft

Also a FREE Download from :

Microsoft directly

or Online Web Fonts

Improve your on-screen Browser reading

...by selecting custom fonts which were developed for this exact task. Professional work, skilled designers. All for no cost and a minimal effort.

Install the better fonts (if not in your system yet) and :

a. Replace 'Times New Roman' with much smoother 'Georgia'. ✔

b. Replace 'Arial' or 'Sans' with 'Verdana Pro' ✔

And voilá. Enjoy. (see attached screenshot)

Repeat this customization for other systems you use regularly as well. 😉👍

This is the Topic of Today's Web Magazine

#FediReporter tips for better web reading experience
#rgxJournal #Typefaces #Design are important

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Creating a Zonelets post in Markdown format

An easier to use web formatting tool, for a new and simple blog platform

Yesterday I came across a small blog, posted at Neocities.org, which I found interesting. It was created using 'Zonelets' – which I hadn't heard about until now.

A bit of link following and I discovered a wonderful new project, which I am now trying out for small posts, hosted at Neocities as well.

HTML editing is not as free and easy flowing like my normal writing in the Write.Freely editor, which uses MarkDown formatting (or html if you need, or prefer; a mix of formats works perfectly too).

So this new page is an experiment, using the WF editor, and later copying it's generated HTML source code for use in the Zonelets page. And it worked fine.

That is the Topic of today's Blog

The same page is also on my Zonelets Blog - here

#rgxJournal #FediReporter new blogging platform report #Zonelets is cool #NeoCities too

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Alternative Spaces for Active Fedi users

Yes, they do exist. There's a large number of existing instances, some better than others (and suited to different people and their needs)

There's no need to stay put in a place you are not happy or comfortable with.

Basic options are :

1. Find a nice existing instance, and move there.

This is the easiest option. Many possibilities, and you don't need to get into the nitty gritty of setting up a full instance, maintaining it.

Have taken this route myself, dissatisfied with things at a place I previously called home. Now, I have found a small instance which I am pleased with, and written about it on my blog.

or, the next step up...

2. Get a personal instance setup - with a specialized host, makes it easier.

My friend @realcaseyrollins took this route, and looking at his instance's front page, it looks nice.

He used the CofeSpace service, which highly simplifies the instance creation - automating most of it, and hosting it for you as well. I believe this was created and is run by P, the admin of the well known FreeSpeechExtremists instance. CofeSpace's Terms of Service are here

The setup is done via the main page -- fill in a few requested items, and it could soon be up and running. These instances are driven by Pleroma, and benefit from it's light and agile performance, plus the many features like Rich Text support (Markdown, HTML and BBcode are supported) that it has.

or, if you are brave and want full independance,

3. Read and follow Snow's Guide - on how to setup a FREE virtual server

Google cloud or others offer up to one year of free service. You can install Pleroma, configure it from scratch.

Snow created a Blog and has this guide broken into 5 pages - with many screenshots and links as needed. Nice work, thank you!

Her personal instance is set up and running as described - and is located here.

I wanted to mention this and thank those fedi friends for sharing their experiences.

#FediReporter on alternatives to staying put. Don't. Follow your heart.

#Pleroma #single #instances #newusers #Guides and #Services are available !

See also : Discover Pleroma, an Alternative to Mastodon

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To my friends and followers

…at my qoto account, @design_RG :

Good afternoon, I would like to inform you that, for personal reasons, I have submitted my resignation from my moderation position here at the mastodon instance, effective today.

I have been on a sabbatical for a period since late June from my work here at Qoto, but trust that my contribution has helped make it a better place.

I also use various other accounts and some of you might have seen posts originating from them, or blog announcements with my signature indicating my Publishing account at @rgx .

That has been my main account since late June, 2020 – as I felt I needed a smaller instance that allowed more time to focus and concentrate on Writing, which is currently my main personal interest and expression.

Since mastodon currently does not offer user data portability, my 7,200 posts at this instance will remain. And I might login occasionally, to check for personal messages or retrieve past posts. Anyone wishing to contact me can do so at the address referred above, which is likely to receive prompter attention.

Thank you!

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