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The term “weblog” was coined at the end of 1997 by Jorn Barger. The first web service offering weblogs for an individual was Blogger in 1999, today a property of Google Inc.. However, it took until 2003 that this word was taken as a standard for this kind of medium by mainstream media. This means, all who did have a weblog before 2003, be happy: You may call yourself avant-garde!

A weblog has different core features which distinguish it from other forms of online publications, e.g. online forums:

  • chronological, newest is on top of the web page
  • comments for each entry
  • links to monthly archives
  • categories for entries
  • search function (although shared with other online mediums, of course)
  • embeddable media, like images, videos, etc. these were primarly created manually by html tags
  • templates for only a handful of pages, mainly html

From these core features, a plethora of functions emerged: RSS/Atom feeds. Tagging. User management. Blogrolls (a collection of links in the sidebar). Templating. Smart URLs. And whatnot.

In fact, what we use, especially with WordPress or Drupal, these are complete suites which we call today CMS, content management systems. Always backed by a database, e.g. MySQL or MariaDB, which can become very huge over a certain period of time.

From weblogs it was only a small step to the often critised (but important and honest) “citizen journalism”. As you may read up, this wasn’t new either, what was completely new was the fact that an individual, or a group of individuals, could do this online and, hypothetically, reach the whole world. For not spending a penny at all, in the case of Blogger for example.

Today, blogs are everywhere: Be it a corporation displaying news in this form, in a “1-click-publishing-form” like Tumblr, or something else. In different states, e.g. Saudi-Arabia, to this day, Bloggers are executed for telling stories about their reality online.

Blogs may protect freedom of speech anywhere, but they may also be used as a weapon for hatred, like seen in European states where right-wing parties flourish since a couple of years. As always, it’s a double-sided sword. Never forget, that it’s the history of the Internet itself which makes them so.

As you can see: Starting is as easy as at the end of the 90s. What we do here at AETHYX MEDIAE is not that different: All we do is giving you the opportunity to use your own domain for your own medium, your own weblog, your own CMS. And if you didn’t hide under stones in the 90s or early 2000s, you should already own and know what a domain is, right?

We use WordPress since 2005 with success and although we read from time to time it has “flaws”, never experienced one problem with it. It became very powerful, very extensible over time, maybe like a labyrinth for starters.

We want to help you in navigating through this labyrinth! As you may see after a couple of months, or maybe even only weeks, this can be a helluva fun! We even set up WordPress for free when you are age 14 or under! Just have a look what we offer right now, we are sure there is something for anyone:

http://aethyx.eu/eshop/.

Feel free to contact us anytime, 24/7! We even accept Bitcoin for those who want to stay anonymous!

We think today it’s more important than ever to be an active individual or organization. You know what the proverb says: What doesn’t go with time, goes after some time. And we don’t think you want, or should, go forever. 😉

Dear readers,

today is World Day Against Internet Censorship!

Amnesty International as well as Reporters without Borders do their best to unblock and mirror as many websites as possible.

This event exists since 2008, 2016 they helped websites from Turkey, Vietnam and Saudi-Arabia by mirroring the censored contents through cloud services.

Also keep in mind that ad-blockers exist for the same reason: we wouldn’t need them without omnipresent online surveillance!

No government shall decide which websites its citizens may visit or not! No critical topic shall be banned from the critical minds eye! Stop and fight internet censorship wherever possible!

But why not start your own journey on the internet finally? AETHYX MEDIAE as an Independent publishing house realises indie web projects by giving you the opportunity to self-publishing since January 2010 already.

Prices start at 50€ for your own personal CMS (Content Management System) hosted on the server of your choice!

Besides, our cloud services use the free and Open-Source solution Owncloud hosted on secure servers in Europe. Prices start as low as 1€/GB per month!

Contact us directly via Email, info@aethyx.eu, and with our help you switch from a passive consumer to an active creator in no time!

Hope to hear from you soon!

Yours sincerely,
the aethyx staff

We want to celebrate the 12th of February for one helluva scientist: Charles Darwin!

To oppose all those stupid people out there who still think humans developed from flying spaghetti monsters.

The first Darwin’s Day was celebrated on April 22nd 1995. Afterwards especially atheists, scientists and students made it happen on February the 12th, Charles Darwin‘s birthday.

To see what events are happening today, worldwide by the way, visit this link: http://www.darwinday.org/.

Let’s keep it this day with their first slogan: promote public education about science! Celebrate sciences! Celebrate humanity!

Yours sincerely,
the aethyx staff

Dear readers,

firstly, a Happy New Year! Make your wishes come true!

Secondly, all of our Android apps except YAABy were updated shortly:

Get our Android apps via Google Play Store.

What we completely dismissed is Facebook. We deleted all of our Facebook sites associated with our projects (for obvious reasons meanwhile). What you still can do is like the articles inside our apps and on our web pages, of course. But Facebook is there just another social site of many. That’s the way it should be, we thought.

Thirdly, we made them Marshmellow-compatible, which means Android 6.x.x support. According to our experiences from our inhouse testers the Chromium engine running our apps is much more stable and faster then in previous app versions. Try it, feel it! It’s always best to upgrade Android apps to the newest versions anyway.

If you want to do us a favour (upgrading apps is a time intensive and nerve eating process), use Flattr as well as Bitcoin underneath this post! We. Need. More. Alcohol!

See you around!
the aethyx staff

Dear readers,

in general we are looking back to a year of terror in Europe. Whether it’s Al-Qaida or ISIL, the apocalypse is currently destroying important human culture all over the world. As human beings we know already that there is no solution to answer terror with more terror. We hope our politicians will get this as well as support those poorer countries and its populations. This may be a process which was started only several years ago but will be on our European agendas for centuries. You see: A lot of couragious work lies ahead for all of us Europeans and their future generations.

Nevertheless, one shouldn’t forget to look into a brighter future. Europe works, the European idea is one of the most successful ever since World War II. The best: It’s because of the people and families who live here.

We are looking forward into a new year 2016 with less sadness, less horror, less hate. Such cataclysms will only weld together what belongs together. Terror will never win. Europe knows war personally and by its name for centuries. So solutions will be found, peace restored.

Maybe this year one shouldn’t celebrate religious holidays, religion is destroying everything since 9/11. Celebrate yourself, your family, your accomplishments! God is dead, thank goodness, welcome to the a brand new millenium for all human beings worldwide since 2015!

Regards,
the aethyx-staff

Dear readers,

since the “Snowden files” we the people will never be able no more to use the internet in the way we used it before 2013.

Open internet is dead.

What we must use now is VPN to protect our internet communication and in fact anything we do online.

Crux here: VPN costs you money.

We may say that this is one of the consequences which will never be reverted from what happened on September the 11th 2001. It took a while, twelve years in fact. But since 2013

your. internet. costs. money.

Not only through your provider but because of your usage!

To show you how much you will have to pay each month to simply use your internet, see one of those VPN comparison charts:

http://whatismyipaddress.com/vpn-comparison.

We also recommend using a VPN provider which doesn’t offer its services from US soil. Europe should be much safer due to the fact we have better privacy protection as well as less conservative storage options for your data. Also keep in mind to choose a VPN provider which never saves your logs.

We hope we could help you sheding some light on this serious topic. It’s something which isn ‘t mentioned by any of those media houses which made the stories by Edward Snowden public. It’s something which Snowden mentioned between the sentences. Difficult times lay ahead for all of us internet users.

Kindest regards,
the aethyx staff

Dear readers,

we interrupt our broadcast for this special message:

Life. Today. Is. Harsh.

We don’t know what we have to say today anymore: Your TV is tainted. Your radio is tainted. Your social networks are tainted.

Come on, girls & guys! Be active! Forget imperial bullshit and become your own medium!

Visit http://prism-break.org/.

For those who don’t know yet: It’s a website by one of our Asian friends which shows you alternatives to all those surveillance websites/companies out there on the internet.

To know this source is essential these times, especially for Europe.

Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not trying to get you.

Good luck to you,
the aethyx staff

Good day!

In celebrating our fresh new look we are going to give you 10% discount on all of our products!

Our offer will be available until November 15th.

Additionally we are currently looking for free lance open-source Android developers who would like to share their expertise on new projects we have in mind. Come on board and we’ll see what happens!

Finally the hottest summer in Europe is over, have a nice autumn 2015!

Regards,
the aethyx staff

We did it!

After over 5 pretty hard years we finally developed our first own design! <3 We know we promised this action a long time ago. And now it's live without the help of any Aliens (we promise).

We hope you like the new positivity and our lemon fresh look!

As you may have seen, we are currently developing a lot more than just WordPress projects.

Right now it’s possible to hire us for:

  • Ebook publishing of your WordPress blog
  • Android development
  • personal cloud space

As always we don’t know what lies ahead as an independent publishing house. As you may have seen a lot has changed and a lot more will happen in the future.

We are looking forward in walking the way together with you into a brighter future!

Bestest,
your aethyx staff

If you’re not happy with your cloud storage provider (e.g. OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.) because of the ongoing debate about internet surveillance, we are finally able to offer you some neat & secure cloud services by ourselves.

What we use right now and it’s perfectly working is ownCloud. It’s not only the most popular open-source cloud storage service (AGPLv3), it’s also one of the most updated and maintained.

owncloud logo

The most important features for choosing our services are:

* SSL protection when logging in via your client or web interface (Comodo RSA)
* encryption for all of your files inside your cloud, too

Despite that you get traffic for free, CalDAV and CardDAV support, a document viewer as well as a rich picture gallery bundled with your account.

Due to the fact that we have to pay for webspace as well, we can’t offer you this service for free like the giant corporations. We can’t maintain a big server farm, unfortunately.

So here is how much cloud space you’ll get for your buck:

1GB – 1€/month
2GB – 2€/month
5GB – 5€/month
10GB – 10€/month

The appropriate client software is available (mostly for free) for Windows, Mac, Linux, as well as iOS & Android.

It’s possible to pay via PayPal (not anonymously) or Bitcoin (100% anonymously).

If you’re interested, drop us a line: info@aethyx.eu!

Kindest regards,
the aethyx staff

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