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Dear readers and customers,

we’d like to share this short update of us for you and wish you and your family, as well as all your loved ones, Happy Easter 2021!

In our cultural circles in Europe around here, we’re chasing bunnies and hiding eggs from each other. If you like, share how you celebrate those blissful and short holidays in the comments, would love to hear your equivalents! 🙂

Take care, these are still very difficult times.

And if you got the possibility to have a vaccination: take one! No matter by which provider. Getting hold of a pandemic is never easy, even if your body might react in one way or another. It is how it is – let’s stay realistic here.

Best wishes,
the aethyx staff


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Clones

Dear readers and customers,

copying and distributing Android apps which don’t belong to you and weren’t developed by you is no minor offence.

Not only do you undermine endless hours of development efforts by the original developers, you also try to mock original creations as well as users who might use your copied app.

As such, we were happy that Google was fast in helping us taking two impudent apps down from their popular Google Play Store: “Zombie Hunter Apocalypse Zone” by “lucsian” as well as “Zombie Uprise · TPS in Frontier Apocalypse Defense” by “Beasty App Media L.L.C”. Both were audacious copies of our indie IP “Zombie Resistor: Apocalypse” which was developed inhouse by us and is available since January 2020 (we published the news here). Both were also released months after our publishing.

Our DMCA complaints were sent yesterday, we just got a standard reply by Google that they’ll look into it.

As of today, as we checked recently, thanks to the hard working girls and guys there, the links as well as the corresponding apps are offline. Bigups and thanks a lot from AETHYX MEDIAE!

FYI, if you should encounter the exact same problems, give it a try yourself: https://support.google.com/legal/troubleshooter/1114905?hl=en. Just choose Google Play – Apps here if you see illegal copies of your Android applications in the Google Play Store somewhere.

We’ll take down further clones of our apps as soon as we’ll encounter those. We’re into Android app development since 2013 and we never had to do this. How the times have changed…

Take care and never give up,
your aethyx staff


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Nobody Knows What Lies Ahead

Dear readers and customers,

there’s currently a battle going on between hobby traders and greedy hedge funds about GameStop crap shares.

There were riots and a successful transition of presidency in the USA and the capitol.

And, most important, we got four or five good to very good vaccines against COVID-19, as well as WHO investigations underway in China, finally.

Despite, we really don’t know what will come for 2021.

We don’t think it’s enough to “hope for the best”.

We want to be honest and had the worst year since our existence in 2020. We are currently unsure if we’ll be still alive by the end of this year.

We don’t want to sound pessimistic – we are realists and always were. There will be consequences from last year, there will be serious shifting. Client-wise, maybe as well as portfolio related. Not only for this year but years to come.

So, instead of promising you stuff which isn’t realistic and lying in your face directly – we don’t know what lies ahead. At the moment, we really give a sh*t about it.

Welcome to a fresh new year,
we don’t think this will be difficult for us only,
all the best,
the aethyx staff


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Happy New Year 2021

Dear readers and customers,

we wish you a Happy New Year 2021!

May the next 12 months be full of joy, happiness, luck and of course health! Because the latter is the most important and most precious humans may obtain.

And please, promise us to get the vaccine against COVID-19 as soon as these are available for you and your family! Don’t be stupid. Science is the most precious we have achieved as a species. Never stop fighting for science, as well as for the truth! Because the truth will set you free.

We’re out.

For us, 2020 was the most difficult year in 10 years of our existence. We are proud we made it. So should you. We love you! Thanks for supporting us! Sincerely, your most favourite independent online publishing house, AETHYX MEDIAE.

Peace and take care,
the aethyx staff


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Dear readers and customers,

the major problem for an indie publishing house like us developing for the F/OSS environment is not what to develop next or how to innovate but how to make money out of it.

It may sound unbelievable but in the last 30 years of open source existence, to this date there doesn’t seem to be a viable business model.

So, even if it is a lot of fun and we’re proud to be part of the WWW since more than 20 years as of this year, it sounds pretty incredible and frustrating that we, as others, aren’t commercially successful.

Why is that so is up to a discussion which we now would like to share with you all. It sheds some light on the problems we and others face and also tries to find some solutions for the bigger problems we had from the open source community in being a commercial success over the last decades:

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Living in pandemic times made the year 2020 the hardest so far since our founding in 2010. We’re working hard to deliver like always but it’s an open secret that to this date our work doesn’t compensate like a typical 9-5 job in the IT industry. Which is a pity but a reality we were ready to face from the beginning. Yes, we were young and stupid, ehhh, idealistic, back then.

But fear not: not every question in life needs an answer, that’s just not how reality works. With this posting we don’t want show our frustration but share some insights about the harsh business reality we and others from the open source community face on a daily basis. To be honest, if you’re not doing from your heart and not willing to create for some dozens instead of hundreds or thousands of users, you should overthink your ambition in general here. And believe us also when we say we’ll find a solution for every problem – it’s just a matter of time and it will tell us and others too that we were completely right from the start. F/OSS already runs and rules this highly technologised world, so we’ve got that going for us which is nice! 🙂

Take care, stay healthy, and enjoy your pre-Christmas times this year,
the aethyx staff


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