Paul Sutton


Fediverse Presentation.

This is early work in progress. A few years ago, I made a presentation to help promote Mastodon social network. As this is part of the Fediverse, it is much preferred to refer to the Fediverse rather than individual services that make it up so I have created a new presentation to focus on explaining what the Fediverse is.

I can't cover all the services, but have mentioned the services I am using.

It is in open document format, or in this case LibreOffice Impress (.odp), and also in Portable Document Format (.pdf).

Hopefully it is of interest and of use, feel free to modify to your needs.

If you want the old Mastodon Presentation then it can be found on Salsa gitlan here



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Japanese woodcraft

This was posted to the fediverse earlier, really interesting set of videos on Open Culture showing how highly skilled Japanese wood crafters are.

Their blog post, from May 3rd can be found here

Worth a view, the Open Culture is also worth a closer look as it has links to lots of free online courses.

Distance learning is the future of education, why go to an old fashioned brick college when you can learn at home or from anywhere. The Open University have been doing this for decades. The last face to face course I did, really did show how bad adult education can be, the printed materials / workbook was barely readable due to bad printing.



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Fediverse Getting Started – May 2023

I decided to re-write and republish this, so the post can focus on the wider picture of what the Fediverse is.

This has been undertaken following comments / conversations on #Mastodon about people not actually referring to the #Fediverse directly, of which #Mastodon is one of many services. A different video is presented below, along with an infographic and #Hastags to the services listed This list has also been added to the #index page.


Getting started is easy, if you need help please get in touch. I can be contacted on the fediverse via


Fediverse Branches



#Fediverse,#Mastodon,#GettingStarted, #Bonfire,#Bookwyrm,#Castopod,#Diaspora,#Drupal,#Friendica,#Funkwhale, #GnuSocial,#Hubzilla,#kbin,#Lemmy,#Matrix,#MicroBlog, #Misskey,#Mobilizon,#Nextcloud,#Owncast,#Peertube,#Pixelfed,#Pleroma, #Plume,#SocialHome,#Wordpress,#WriteFreely,#WriteAs

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Embedding Mastodon Posts

By default. When you embed a post from mastodon in to a WriteAs blog the default width is 400.

I am going to use the embed from my previous post as an example

<iframe src="" class="mastodon-embed" style="max-width: 100%; border: 0" width="400" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

Changing the width to 600 results in, as you would expect a wider post which fits really nicely.

<iframe src="" class="mastodon-embed" style="max-width: 100%; border: 0" width="600" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

We can go further and add a height element too.

<iframe src="" class="mastodon-embed" style="max-width: 100%; border: 0" width="600" height="600" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

Which allows more of the post to be displayed.

This can, and should be adjusted for better fit, depending on size of the post being embedded.

Hope this is useful to people.



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Meta (Facebook and Instagram) prohibited from using personal data for advertisement.

This is a really important development in that it shows that the GDPR and the Law are to be followed. Massive win for our personal data protection. People are waking up and finally taking back control and see what big tech is really doing.

Fediverse article has been included below



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Share to Mastodon – Firefox plugin

There is now a new plug in for Mozilla Firefox which facilitates the sharing of articles to the Federated social media network Mastodon, part of the Fediverse.

This is a really good step forward, and will really help.

More information on the Mozilla Website



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Cyber Security resources

Another really useful resource that was posted to Mastodon. I am sharing here on my blog for reach. This also ties in nicely with my attempt at creating a series on cybersecurity, the link to the bash videos can be found here

26 cybersecurity YouTube channels:

  1. Infosec Institute — Cybersecurity awareness.

  1. Black Hat — Technical cybersecurity conferences.

  1. Bugcrowd — Bug bounty methodology and interviews.

  1. InfoSec Live — Everything from tutorials to interviews.

  1. David Bombal — Everything cybersecurity related.

  1. Nahamsec — Educational hacking and bug bounty videos.

  1. Computerphile — Covers basic concepts and techniques.

  1. InsiderPHD — How to get started with bug bounty hunting.

  1. Security Weekly — Interviews with cybersecurity figures.

  1. John Hammond — Malware analysis, programming, and careers.

  1. Peter Yaworski — Web-application hacking tips and interviews.

  1. IppSec — Labs and capture-the-flag tutorials, HackTheBox etc.

  1. 13Cubed — Videos on tools, forensics, and incident response.

  1. HackerSploit — Penetration testing, web-application hacking.

  1. STÖK — Videos on tools, vulnerability analysis, and methodology.

  1. Security Now — Cybercrime news, hacking and web-application security.

  1. LiveOverflow — Involves hacking, write-up videos, and capture-the-flags.

  1. The Cyber Mentor — Ethical hacking, web-application hacking, and tools.

  1. Joe Collins — Everything Linux related, including tutorials and guides.

  1. Null Byte — Cybersecurity for ethical hackers, and computer scientists.

  1. The PC Security Channel — Windows security, malware news, and tutorials.

  1. Simply Cyber — Helps people with cybersecurity career development.

  1. Network Chuck — Everything related to network and cybersecurity.

  1. BlackPerl — Malware analysis, forensics and incident response.

  1. Professor Messer — Guides covering certifications.

  1. Hak5 — General cybersecurity coverage.




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What is a Federated social media network





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Reporting problems on Mastodon / Fediverse

We want to try and make the Fediverse a safe place for everyone, to this end there are a range of reporting systems to help. Please see embedded post below for details.



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Fediverse Trunk

Just reposting this as since Elon Musk bought Twitter, there has been a big migration over to Mastodon.


Joining a new network can be daunting, especially if you don't know anyone. This is especially true with decentralised networks, such as the Fediverse.

However with the Fediverse help is at hand, in the form of Trunk. The website helps you find other users by interest, gives you their id so you can search and follow them.



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