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

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Hello Niklas! @nipos

Good afternoon, hope all is well with you.

I have just installed a PWA version of the Pinafore client I always use, and am having trouble adding my Muensterland.social account to it.

This is a new install, no instances are configured; the other install worked fine yesterday, it has an access token.

Trying to add MS to Pinafore gives the error message shown in screenshot. I have added a couple of other instances, and it's working normally. I think the problem here is a CORS issue.

Nolan has a page for admins explaining it ;

github.com/nolanlawson/pinafor

We need the access control I think; I don't see it on the source code for this page as I write, logged in via web client to the instance.

Thank you!!

of choice for me

recommended, tools of the trade.

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 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

on the crusade for better wide screen devices support.

(Uphill battle, but we shall persevere)

Wishlist - larger resolution screens layout support

In the lovely .

As a laptop user primarily, it's been an uphill battle getting good clients for 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. The default Mastodon web client is not very friendly to wide screens. Yes, there's the TweetDeck like AWI, and I have written and spoken to Eugen with some requests.

Not much success there. I found a great way to use wide screens with the Collapsed Mastodon Firefox addon. It was working wonderful, and was so productive for me that I left aside , my client of choice - other than the small question of it using a single column content panel.

(centered on the screen. On my 1600 pixels wide display, that is using 600 pixels, about 40% of my screen's width. Only. Arghhhhh)

@nolan is a talented programmer, and gracious in listening to us users, he accommodated many requests to make Pinafore the best client for people using Screen Readers, for example.

Now, I am tinkering and trying things out. Posted some screenshots yesterday here, with a comparison - the current layout, and a tweaked, wider content panel, showing 800 pixels screen width. Wowa! Much more information now. 50% of my screen in use!

Maybe its too much?

Eugen and I chatted, and he couldn't understand my wish of having TWO wide panels in the AWI setting, yet those two using the full width of my screen.

That layout is perfect for someone reading and writing long form content, which is my case. It was possible, with Collapsed Mastodon, but changes in mastodon code starting at v.3.08 or so broke the add-on. What it did was no longer possible, so game over there.

This Pinafore at 800 pixels content panel was done by a on the fly css edit, manual. (I scrolled around in the css code until found the right property to change. Worked!!)

Sadly, hitting a Refresh wiped out my handy work. Oh, my.

Is it too wide? Maybe, it's a question of taste; it makes sense to me.

Pinafore Responsive Layouts

Are showing as 3 classes of devices, see my screenshot attached here.

  • Mobile ( 320x480p) portrait/landscape
  • small tablet (600x800p) 2 modes also
  • Tablet (768x1024p) iPad res, 2 modes also

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

Desired new modes :

  • laptop with MDPI screen at 1280 x 800 p.
  • laptop with HiDPI screen at 1440 x 900 p.

With these two added, I would be able to see Pinafore in all its elegance and using my screen more efficiently.

I have spoken extensively with @lanodan about getting thise kind of support in place for . He understands, and is working on it; being the only person maintaining that branch of Pleroma's FE project isn't easy, kudos to him.

Now, maybe Nolan could accept this request ? It would be wonderful.

Thank you all for the work you do in benefit of the many fediverse users.

on the crusade for better wide screen devices support.

(Uphill battle, but we shall persevere)

And I have moved many of my activities to Bravo already.

This morning, I needed to use , since it has all my fediverse accounts all configured and saved, logged in.

But it's on Waterfox, and this config is not transferable to another browser at this time. Argh.

So - I had to start Waterfox, one single tab, for , the one I am now writing in.

Saved a Task Manager screenshot, which documents the RAM use. One single tab in Waterfox, showing 6 processes, and nearly 400 MB of ram.

While the Bravo* shows **24 processes, all of it reporting as 269 MB of ram.

Bravo is running TWO separate windows. Total of 6 tabs, including one with Reddit, a reputed hog for resources, yes.

I have taken a snapshot of the Bravo Task Manager tool report - in this exact situation. It shows all the components, their mem use, the loaded tabs and ram use. Impressive.

( Chrome based browsers include this TM tool - easy to access via Shift-Escape key combo. )

Got to mention that I have tuned Bravo for low resource use, so your experience may vary. I am stunned that a Chromium based browser can run so efficiently. 🚀🙂😎

Update to be added to my Blog post, likely...

supporting better browsers for all.

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@globcoco @joaopinheiro @nipos

Hi friends, good morning!

How are you? Hope all is well. I thought you would like to know that I have installed a Linux Lite op system, in my Thinkpad T500 laptop, and am quite impressed by it.

Smooth installation, no problems at all, all devices recognized and working. Updates followed, and the desktop is simple, light and very functional.

A lovely distribution, I hadn't heard about it but found it in a review of recommended Linux for older machines and laptops. Was also impressed on seeing a fully loaded desktop boot, no apps yet, just the system, but ready for use. This, using about 1.4 GB of RAM, while the same day I was annoyed at seeing my Windows 10 flagship laptop, the one I do all the blog, images, posting, writing in; this one uses 3 GB for the same loaded desktop, no apps yet situation.

I will be working on it, investigating and reporting further - a blog post likely.

For now, wanted to let you know, as I thought you would both be happy with this update.

Have a good day!

RG.

recommended!

@nolan

Hello, Nolan, good morning!

I wanted to ask a couple of questions - regarding and the configuration of instances in use.

All of the info for these (instance name, user name and authorization token, user selected colour themes, etc) is as we know saved in the user's browser. But that makes it non-portable, even in the same machine, if I wanted to switch to another one.

Which is the case, currently, for me. I have about 20 instances configured in Pinafore, and it really makes it easy to switch and visit whichever I want, anytime.

Could you consider an export or save feature for Pina, which would export a text file with :

  • instances names, and selected colours.
  • maybe the username as well?
  • and save this in the same order as we have in the current pina setup?

With an export like that, we could later import into another browser; maybe even a different device, and keep the full list, order, selected colour schemes.

All we would need is to re-do the authorization in the new device, which is safe as it depends on the user knowing the password.

Thank you for considering this!

tools, Pinafore is the client of choice for the digital .

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

updates recommended.

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.

solution

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 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. 👍🙂

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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. 👍

readings. Recommended.

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

on for Power Users.

for All Fedi Users in fact.

In response to an earlier post

After reading about on 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:

  1. Write.as
  2. Submit.as: accept writing submission
  3. Draft.as: edit together
  4. Snap.as: photo sharing
  5. 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.

on platforms on Fediverse.

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 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.

Tools of the Trade

is love.
to a

Yule

A wonderful page for those interested. Just a partial quote, the first few paragraphs :

The Winter Solstice marks a point of dramatic natural change on Earth and is unique among the days of the year-the time of the longest night and the shortest day. This is simultaneously a time of balance and change. The dark triumphs, but only briefly. For the Solstice is also a turning point. From now until the Summer Solstice the days grow longer as the dark wanes and the Sun waxes in power. From the dark womb of the night, the light is born.

The word “Yule” means wheel, referring both to the Wheel of the Year and the wheel of the Sun. The Sabbat was often referred to as “The Turning Time”. Solstice means “the Sun stands still”. Since Midsummer’s Day, the sun has been rising and setting further south and staying lower in the sky for a shorter time each day. Our ancestors would wonder “Will this continue? Will the Earth grow darker and colder and will the Sun disappear into the South and only darkness remain?”

But on Yule, a wonderful thing happens. The Sun, in His most Southeastern point over the Tropic of Capricorn, stops His decline and for a few days has no apparent Southward or Northward motion. The Sun stands still and everyone waits for the turning. Then the Sun starts North again, rising earlier each day and adding a little more of His light and warmth to the cold and silent days of Winter. The light has returned. This is indeed something worth celebrating and it has been celebrated for thousands of years, (some anthropologists believe as long as 12,000 years) long before the birth of Jesus.

The full article is at the Circle of the Sacred Muse

( Full article is 1080 words, if that matters.)

on ancient rites and customs.

Winter Solstice, today.

Things start to get Brighter from now on. Spring will come.

A great time for Celebration.

Spring waiting...

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. 📝🙂🖍

on the beat... love.

used for Blog post creation - recommended tool.

But Why do I choose a Glitch-Social Instance as my Main account ?

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.

I would prefer to use Pleroma, BUT...

... There are some UGLY markdown rendering issues, and I cannot live with that.

Made a big post yesterday about it and included Lain on it - hoping he would push the Pleroma FE people to fix that.

They also would need to improve the MastoFE

...under Pleroma a bit - it's the GlitchSocial web client, and very decent for me, as I am more used to this side of fedi.

PleromaFE is intriguing, but a **SINGLE column* to display info is so Wrong, for me* -- Wide Screen displays in PCs and Laptops deserve better.

That's another one of my pet peeves - and one I am also working on. Hard to get changes made, I have reported things and offered suggestions.

Eugen R. doesn't even respond to me anymore. 🙄

And he's not the only one...

My Suggestion for AWI enhancements on the Glitch-Social GitHub was posted 6 months ago. NO replies or comments.

My bug report at the PleromaFE Git hub was also posted a few months ago.

Issue 878 - MarkDown - Heading formatted text not displaying properly

No comments there at all.

I have a fully explained and detailed Forum post about the proposal here also.

in action. We can do better, Fediverse.

Pleroma is the Future, but we need to fix some issues. Thank you!

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.

new Tools of the Trade report... Recommended.

is a great find!

This Blog Page announce was entirely produced with MarkText editor.

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

new tools in development

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