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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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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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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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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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Getting Good Penpals, a Slowly Users Guide

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This has been posted and recognized as a valuable resource at Reddit for maybe almost two months now.

After sitting in my Blog editor for almost 30 days, I decided to publish it -- in Two pages, with a final Part 3 coming soon dealing with the loaded question of "Adding friends via Slowly IDs".

Hope you enjoy reading this, a more detailed, illustrated and carefully written version of my original Reddit forum post.

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Location Changes – For Privacy or Any Reason

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Our Internet Location is Important

So many reasons why. Some sites will not show you content, due to it. Others will carefully track you, even after you have long left. And mobile devices are even worse — if that's possible.

Real solutions can be had, usually for a cost. VPN services offer privacy, anonymity, and access to remote Geo-locations which could unlock some content.

But there are some applications that provide a simpler solution — without creating a real 'tunnel' between you and the remote server.

These work by allowing us to change the device's GPS coordinates readings. And while they will not encrypt or deliver traffic to a far away end point, they DO work for some games and apps. Many times at no cost to the user, so worth considering and testing.

That is the Topic of today's Blog

#rgxJournal #fediverse #vpn #gps

So, Jojo is now an admin! 😃

Saw the Following message at another account, and there he is, on his own Pleroma node.

jojo.singleuser.club/about

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Why do we see Hawaiian prints in Extreme Right rallies and imagery ?

A great series of Tweets sent by professor Reece Jones and now collated into one post, on Discourse Forum here

Short excerpt :

With growing alarm, I've watched armed white men protesting around the US. But, as a Hawai'i resident, I've wondered specifically about the reoccurring presence of aloha shirts. Here is a THREAD explaining the odd and concerning story behind it 1/13

Having space for longer messages, forums allow an easier reading, compared to the short twitter posts.

I will think about ways to publish it here via Toots possibly too -- the only problem would be how to keep the images in-line, along with the posted text from the original.

Recommended reading!

#Bugalloo is their name for armed insurrection. Civil War 2 is another possible name.

With the polarization and tensions, plus the huge number of arms in civilian hands in the US, it could turn tragic and bloody very quickly.

#FediReporter recognizing a great source and spreading it.

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Up your Game -- Take a MarkDown Tutorial

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If you really want to learn and use it well, take the MarkDown Interactive Tutorial - A free, quick and enjoyable way to learn.

Highly Recommended - I have worked in Education for many years and it's the Best application of Tech to Learning that I have ever seen. That good!

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Getting Good Penpals, a Slowly Users Guide

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This has been posted and recognized as a valuable resource at Reddit for maybe almost two months now.

After sitting in my Blog editor for almost 30 days, I decided to publish it -- in Two pages, with a final Part 3 coming soon dealing with the loaded question of "Adding friends via Slowly IDs".

Hope you enjoy reading this, a more detailed, illustrated and carefully written version of my original Reddit forum post.

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Write.Freely Blogs -- showing an Excerpt :

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I had asked, remembered seeing a mention to this a long time ago (when I was starting in WF, and there was so much to learn already).

There's a way to show an Excerpt -- just a stub, a small part of each post in your Blog, if the reader arrives there via its URL.

The Excerpt will show a small part of each page, and make it easier for a visitor to see what topics you have covered, before selecting which ones to read in full.

This is not the default display in the WF blogs, which will show Full Articles to a visitor. And if our pages are long, there's a lot of scrolling just to get an idea of what's covered in this particular blog.

Thanks to Ange at TeDomum.net, my WF host, who sent me a link to the Write.as Writing Guide, I located the feature and how to do it.

Here's the paragraph in question :

Showing an excerpt

By default, your blog home page shows every post fully. However, you can choose to show an excerpt instead on any posts you want, creating a "Read more..." link at the end of the post that readers can click to get the full story.

To do this, simply insert <!--more--> where you'd like to split the post and end the excerpt. A great place for this is at the end of a paragraph.

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And the result is a much more compact display on my own blog, now with about 70 pages almost.

Sharing this as I am certain that @globcoco and other writers might be interested and benefit.

#WriteFreely #Blog #writing #rgxJournal

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Threaded Conversations -- a Viewer :

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Last night I saw an interesting conversation in progress in the fediverse. While I was already involved in other talks, I kept notice and followed their posts, boosted one in particular as a personal bookmark and because it has an amazing feature highlighted.

I have taken a screenshot and posting it here -- but it's more than a graphical representation of the threads that branch out in normal conversations here (and sometimes can be rather baffling to many of us).

Colin has created a script that takes the fedi thread and produces an .svg like this one - "What is Tilde?"

Each post in the thread is shown, and it has a live link to the original - you can open it at the source if desired. Very nice work, and I thought it needed to be mentioned and shared.

So here it is -- thanks Colin and to the other participants.

And what is Tilde ? (subject of their conversation)

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Tilde is the name of a collective of online unix shared system instances, and it's interesting - I started in the Net in the mid 90's, using a remote shell into Nyx.net, a similar organization, still alive and running now, 25 years later.

Learn more about the tilde movement at Tildeverse.org

tildeverse.org

we're a loose association of like-minded tilde communities. if you're interested in learning about *nix (linux, unix, bsd, etc) come check out our member tildes and sign up!

tildes are pubnixes in the spirit of tilde.club, which was created in 2014 by paul ford.

member status in the tildeverse mainly involves some level of engagement or presence on irc; all other systems are independent.

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#MicroBlogging is this. #FediReporter quick snap, maybe a full blog later?

#unix #shared #NewUsers #Welcome #IT #RetroComputing #Shell accounts are still a thing.

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Mastodon - Extra Uses for Delete/Redraft ?

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Mastodon's Delete/Redraft is a nice and simple tool that can be used for various reasons.
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The simplest is when you realize there's some small typo, or the wrong image was attached to a post. With Delete/Redraft, a quick fix is possible without having to re-enter the text, or to copy it to Clipboard, before using a Delete, then a full new post (or new reply to whichever post it related to, if that was the case).

I find this to be one of the RARE cases when Mastodon offers me more functionality than my Pleroma account -- where Delete/Redraft is NOT available (more on this later in the article).

So let's see how we can use this feature in more elaborate ways? Some more Advanced Use Cases for this nice tool.

That is the Topic of today's Blog

#rgxJournal #Mastodon #Pleroma #UserTips

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A Better Browser possibly ?

Always looking for good alternatives. Will NOT use Chrome or even most of it's siblings. Exception, MS Edge new gen, but that is for special use cases only.

Now I found an interesting alternative to consider.

Waterfox is my all purpose and wonderfuly stable and fast browser. But LibreWolf seems intriguing too.

From LibreWolf Documentation

This project is an independent “fork” of Firefox, with the primary goals of privacy security and user freedom. It is the community run successor to LibreFox

LibreWolf is designed to minimize data collection and telemetry as much as possible. This is achieved through hundreds of privacy/security/performance settings and patches. Intrusive integrated addons including updater, crashreporter, and pocket are removed too

LibreWolf is NOT associated with Mozilla or its products.

Features :

  • Latest Firefox — LibreWolf is compiled directly from the latest build of Firefox Stable. You will have the the latest features, and security updates.
  • Independent Build — LibreWolf uses a build independent of Firefox and has its own settings, profile folder and installation path. As a result, it can be installed alongside Firefox or any other browser.
  • No phoning home — Embedded server links and other calling home functions are removed. In other words, minimal background connections by default.
  • User settings updates — We keep up with gHacks-user.js and pyllyukko’s user.js
  • Extensions firewall: limit internet access for extensions.
  • Multi-platform
  • Community-Driven

LibreWolf Home page. Available now for Linux, a Windows port is planned. Things to improve modern web life.

#FediReporter Tech update.

Reviewing it soon if I can get a linux machine running to my liking. #Manjaro seems the one!

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New Discuss Forum now open at Koyu.space !

Wonderful to see a new Forum up and available for people — Thank you Leonie and Zack.

I just saw your reply to a comment in mastodon/Pleroma messages, and was glad to see you got it installed and running.

And it’s even a new type of Forum, I have used Discourse quite a bit recently but not seen Discuss. Looks good and has the essentials for me, that are so sadly missing in Mastodon in most cases:

  • enhanced text formatting as desired (here with MarkDown and BBcode supported).
  • In-line image placement, we can place an image anywhere in a post; not only at the end of it, like in normal mastodon practice.
  • Longer posts are no problem.

My first impressions are good — as I write this, I find the interface light and responsive, easier to use than Discourse which uses the two pane, side by side mode by default.

A Forum with all these features you described is basically as good as a Blog page for rich content posting. And CAN be used as a Draft building area for posts, later easily copied and pasted into the blog host.

I do use the Discourse forum like that sometimes, and a well crafted post can be directly imported into my Write.Freely blogs.

Forums add the Commenting that WF doesn’t have at this time (intentional, as they prefer to keep all ‘social distractions’ out of it).

Will be telling friends and posting about this.

Thanks for adding it, Leonie and Zack. Feels good!

#FediReporter approved and recommended.

Open now, visit and signup — https://discuss.koyu.space


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Kafuka.ME

Kafuka.ME is a general instance that has a few 'highlight focuses':
Art
Technology/Computing
Gaming
and Emulation/Retro Computing!