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FediRenderer now has its own GitHub project page - and it's open for anyone who wants to work on it further, add features and improvements, etc.

Please feel free to do so. Thank you.

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FediRenderer - A much needed Mastodon tool

Long wished for, a way to view user data Backups

'FediRenderer' -- a project for a much needed new tool for viewing User Backup Exports from Mastodon instances in the Fediverse.

See a backed up toot as displayed by the viewer?

We have a working FediRenderer. And some background as well. Plus, very detailed, illustrated instructions for new users.

Sharing this in hope we can find people who value the idea and could take part in it in any way - contributing, suggesting, etc.

That is the Topic of today's Blog

new tool...

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Fediverse Renderer project is live

And I look forward to retrieving and reusing the 500 plus images in my Cat photos collection at a previous instance

Mastodon User Data Backups allow you to export all of the Toots, images and videos you posted. The problem was, no way to access them.

Until now - we now have FediRenderer, thanks to a talented young programmer friend.

Report in detail in my blog post here

The screenshot below is one from the blog post - and shows a real Toot as rendered, from my Backup archive.

Huge thanks and kudos to the developer.

spreading news about much needed

(* with NO alternative until now*)

My Cats gallery at CatGram.JP

...will grown a lot when I can move the treasure trove from the backups there.

Recommended instance for Cat Lovers - no one there gets annoyed since you post too many Cat pics.

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if i knew anything about webdev things, id move the notifications to the other side of the pleroma-fe timeline so i can see them on my full hd screen without scrolling away from make new post
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Some people work while they're stressed and locked indoors. I wrote most of a book during the covid crisis:

I was feeling pretty pleased with myself on that score, but then I found out what Oriol Ferrer Mesià did with his time.

His "Modern Retro Computer Terminals" project are a series of tiny computers built around low-cost processors like the Raspberry Pi and Nvidia Jetson Nano, run off a 3D printer and assembled.


Interesting article at Ars Techica and Gizmodo.

By now, you may have heard of the hacker who says she scraped 99 percent of posts from Parler, the Twitter-wannabe site used by Trump supporters to help organize last Wednesday’s violent insurrection on Capitol Hill. What you may not know yet is the abysmal coding and security that made the scraping so easy.

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The fediverse used to be a lot more open before mastodon. We didn't have cancel culture or crusades against instances, admins would decide to block instances because of content being illegal in their country. That was the most controversy we had, that and people who would shitpost or cause drama. But you are going to get those people.

We didn't have private accounts, content warnings, post scopes. It was really the minimum that you needed to post. DMs were kept to the same instance, all the posts were public. The software itself was a lot more open, it welcomed new users and conversations. I even liked that it includes replies on the main timelines without needing to be tagged into it... I find lots of interesting conversations this way. The search function was decent and we had groups so we could find each other through interests.

It was a lot smaller too. You could take your time to get to know people and follow conversations. It was friendly, people would answer your questions about the fediverse and its software. You could find the information that you wanted. People would talk about that. There is just that atmosphere which is easily lost in a massive crowd. We created our own memes over time, in-jokes that we shared around.

I rember.

Reading with Cats - a wonderful name for a pleasant activity. This Twitter account posts very nice with and . Recommended. 🙂🐈

RT @bookcatbliss

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.


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Here's how to add comments to your static blog with Mastodon

This is code made for a blog run with Hugo, but is easily adaptable to other static site generators.
Mastodon has a simple API to find the response to your toot/post:

#blog #mastodon #comments #hugo

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