"The Election that could break America"

Must-read, excellent in depth article at The Atlantic -- discussing the what ifs and the possible avenues for the current president to dispute a loss in the upcoming election. And refuse to yield to a loss.

There is a cohort of close observers of our presidential elections, scholars and lawyers and political strategists, who find themselves in the uneasy position of intelligence analysts in the months before 9/11. As November 3 approaches, their screens are blinking red, alight with warnings that the political system does not know how to absorb. They see the obvious signs that we all see, but they also know subtle things that most of us do not. Something dangerous has hove into view, and the nation is lurching into its path.

The danger is not merely that the 2020 election will bring discord. Those who fear something worse take turbulence and controversy for granted. The coronavirus pandemic, a reckless incumbent, a deluge of mail-in ballots, a vandalized Postal Service, a resurgent effort to suppress votes, and a trainload of lawsuits are bearing down on the nation’s creaky electoral machinery."

theatlantic.com/magazine/archi

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

Pleroma - Finding the Good Instances, part 2

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As Requested; Recommended Instances Suggestions

I was pleasantly surprised by the interest generated by my Discover Pleroma. An alternative to Mastodon page. Various people contacted me, interested in trying out Pleroma, and asking for some recommended instances.

So this page is intended to provide :

  • some thoughts on why it is important, which instance you are in.
  • general tips on looking up information for any Pleroma instance.
  • and a list of recommended Pleroma instances for your consideration.

As usual, I love Writing, so this is Long Form prose. Lavishly illustrated, References and links included. A Web Magazine page I am proud of.

That is the Topic of today's Blog.

This post is dedicated to Puniko, *who was so gentle and welcoming when I joined FAB -- fedi.absturztau.be

#rgxJournal #FediReporter #Pleroma #Love #NewUsers #Mastodon #Alternatives

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Discover Pleroma. An alternative to Mastodon

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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

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.

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.

#Slowly #penpals #friendship

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

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.

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

@rgx I love this album too, I have severals T-Shirt of this one 😅

@rgx
Your publication really shines when seen on Friendica. Much more so than on Mastodon. I'll check it on Pleroma just to see if it looks even better there.

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!

Choices are Good.

While in vanilla Mastodon world, getting an admin to consider allowing more than the miserable 500 characters maximum toot size is a Tall Order -- I tried a few times, and was denied almost always, in more Advanced places we see innovation and openness.

Was just surprised to find not the Usual TWO choices of Front Ends (user interfaces, or web clients) at one of the Pleroma instances I have accounts on.

At expired.mentality.rip, admin @a1batross now has 4 (FOUR!) choices at your disposal.

Pick between :

  • Pleroma FE, high polish, and full featured.
  • Mastodon FE, the usual web client most mastodonians will feel at home in.

Plus -- and this is all his customizing :

  • Bloat FE
  • And the brand new SoapBox FE, which just released it's 1.0 version.

I had seen SoapBox at other instance and been impressed. And it's nice to see it now available at FAB, EMR, jaeger.website and probably other places too.

Congrats to @a1ba and @alex !

#SoapBox #Pleroma #Alternatives #Mastodon #UI #ux

#rgxJournal for notes, Blog page coming soon.

From the Greek island of Santorini, a beautiful shot for my new Feline loving friends at Catgram.jp

Fediverse friends who follow my cat posts -- new home for them is at =---> @yann2

#Cats #MastoCats #CatsOfMastodon #Meow #dxp

RT @gayocats@twitter.com

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🐦🔗: twitter.com/gayocats/status/12

More Cat Photos? Always welcome.

And once again, Thanks are due to Casey Rollins!

...who just sent me a pointer to another Cat lover posting images.😺

[ CW -- he's got some adult content, all under cw's. Tasteful, not trashy. ]

Which I am now editing and adding to the Discourse Forum topic and my own Blog post about Feline Photos Posters.

Casey also pointed to Catgram.jp -- a Japanese mastodon instance which seems to be the Instagram of Japanese Neko culture!

...where I found some other accounts in the Profile Directory, all cat lovers posting Feline beauty snaps.

@realcaseyrollins -- Thank you.

A couple of nice snaps from cks's photo stream attached.

#BlackCats #Cats #MastoCats #CatsOfMastodon #Meow

#rgxJournal for bookmarking

June 23, Alan Turing's Birthday

"Alan Turing was an outstanding mathematician whose work has had an enormous impact on how we live today," Bank of England governor Mark Carney said on Monday. A statement by the Bank of England added that he "provided the theoretical underpinnings for the modern computer."

Turing's electro-mechanical machine, which foreshadowed the computer, broke the "unbreakable" Enigma code, which the Nazi authorities used to pass orders to their command chain. Bletchley Park, north of London, the site of Turing's work, remained secret until the 1970s.

Remembering his work, his brilliance. RIP.

After harsh punishment in the 1950's led to his suicide, many years passed until his tremendous contribution to the WWII Bletchley Park Code Breaking operation was acknowledged by the British Government.

Now he will be honoured with his portrait in the 50 Pounds bills in the UK.

See also - Live Science page

#Science #Computing #Technology #crypto #History #WWII

#rgxJournal tribute to a great human being and scientist.

Mastodon - Options for Moving an Account ?

"Take your information and do what you want with it."

That suggestive text sounds like Freedom of movement is granted and important, doesn't it? That is directly copied from Documents at JoinMastodon.org.

The truth is less rosy though. There are easy and reliable ways to :

  • Export the list of people you Follow.
  • Export lists of people you Mute (hiding their posts from your view)
  • Export lists of people and instances you Blocked (barring their content reaching you).

But, sadly -- your personal data, all the Toots you spent time in, the images and videos contained in them. Not easily accessible.

If an instance dies (and it does happen), it's all Lost. We need better. Facebook is now offering a wonderful User Data Export tool.

I love Writing, so this is Long Form prose. Lavishly illustrated, References and links included. A Web Magazine page I am proud of.

That is the Topic of today's Blog.

This post is dedicated to maique, a fellow user who also has looked into an account move.

#rgxJournal #FediReporter #Pleroma #Love #NewUsers #Mastodon #Alternatives

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hackers.town

A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.