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I am an active and opinionated , have various accounts; a good sample of my writing style, presentation at :

...which is my Publisher's account, as of now, for various reasons (post on that, forthcoming).

My main Tech focused Blog is hosted at, a French co-op group offering many services, with great admin and very responsive.

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Good morning everyone, thank you for accepting my join application to this instance.

I am an active user of the facilities, a Staff member and vocal poster at, and now exploring yet another new place.

Joined here to be closer to the source of my favourite, awesome Write.Freely platform. Thank you @matt for it and the Forums, and now the instance I join.

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Creating a site specific Search box in a Write.Freely blog - possible, with DuckDuckGo

Please see my post at the Discourse forum for details -- I managed to create a custom search box for my Write.freely blog using DDG.

Cannot be done with Google's Custom Search as it requires JavaScript -- disabled on WF for security reasons.

BUT DDG can do, and it uses an iFrame. Tested and working.

Screenshots show Forum post and a Custom search page for blog.

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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 :

I made a post at the forum with the source code for a tested and working search page for my WF blog at

See the post and source here.

#FediReporter #WriteFreely #Blog #Search solution

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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, 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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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,, a great blogging platform, is currently developing, a discussion and commenting system for

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

Currently the publishing suite consist of: accept writing submission edit together photo sharing

OP above is by @ heavenly_general

Important clarifications are needed here, so people know more precisely what software packages they can use under a free license agreement. is a great company - I am a happy user of the 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. 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, 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. continues extending their platform. Their photo and image sharing platform is wonderful - and I would love to use it, but it's currently to anyone other than 'Pro' members - a paid service level.

The other items you mentioned equally are in active development and available to 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.

** 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 blog.

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

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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 blog.

Both Write.Freely and 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

New Blog page -- fully created with my new MarkText markdown editor. A really nice and free tool (see earlier post here in the timeline for details).

Today's Blog post at :

"Why choose a Glitch-Social instance for my main account?"

Original announce post :

See also a Nicer MarkDown formatted Announcement post.

The Way it Was Intended to Be.

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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, 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.

MarkText editor – nice free, open source tool

New find, a lovely MarkDown text editor. So good that I will be switching to it from my beloved blog editor.

new blog post.

Also on WriteFreely :

@matt - there's lovely Themes here, we could use some of the Dark Theme ideas for WF too. TY...

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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](https;//, 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 or via Zonelets - at

#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

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 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

A nice feeling - Upgrade Blog Instance version

And success. Thank you to @matt and the @write_as team - all went perfectly.

Windows 10 install, one year anniversary now. And I sweated it out fearing a database crash, never happened.

* Made full .rar archive of existing install.
* unzip new version, new folder.
* copied over config.ini
* copied over keys folder files.

And voilá -- WF is up.

is wonderful - a for

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Long Distance relationship, 13 hours TZ away

Interesting comment found. It's about Slowly, but not on the regular #Slowly Reddit place, but a comment in another.

Lovely story - lightly edited and presented as polished Blog version. #xp #love #friendship

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Discover Pleroma. An alternative to Mastodon

I have a lot of curiosity for the different places and software we encounter on the Fediverse, if we are open minded and like to travel and see places.

I love Travel in the physical world, and similarly, am enchanted by roaming in cyberspace, through the many corners and alleys, express lanes and boulevards, parks, of the Fediverse.

Mastodon is not all there is, not even close. It is the largest part of the Fediverse, in terms of instances (servers) and registered users.

But there's more and that is a good thing. Pleroma, have you met?

That is the Topic of today's Blog.

** Repost of one of my most popular Blog pages -- Following up with a Suggested Pleroma Instances one **

#Pleroma #Alternatives #NewUsers #Mastodon

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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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@rgx unfortunately, i suffer this month to month which can make life really difficult. i want to start my career in various industries and it's really hard to do it when i have to constantly take breaks to "take care of it". and thank you! i've always liked flower names!

i'm really sorry to hear that. seasonal depression is awful but that's really good spring is coming! even more reasons to look forward to tomorrow!

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Up your Game -- Take a MarkDown Tutorial

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!

🇬🇧 Available in English.
🇫🇷 Disponible en Français.
🇪🇸 Y también en Español!

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Getting Good Penpals, a Slowly Users Guide

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".

See "Getting Good Penpals, a Slowly Users Guide - Part 1" here. This introductory part has background info, and continues on part 2.
See "Getting Good Penpals - 2. Three Ways to Go" for part 2.

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

#Slowly #penpals #friendship

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