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Margie shrinks

Dear readers and customers,

as we move further into the year more news reached us that the shrinking indie industry is a topic we will see more and not less in 2024.

This Monday we got an Email by Dark Horse, one of our most beloved indie comic publishers out there. They’re canceling the Android app by March 25. Although the iOS app will still be developed for the moment, the advise here is to visit their regular website which residies at digital.darkhorse.com. They share a coupon code with us which we want to share too, use it on any checkout you do until April 30 2024, it’s COMICSFAN. It can be used as many times as you like until it expires.

Another news is that Vice Media will stop publishing vice.com. Although a lot of people will see this as “a cleaning process” for the web and its content, we won’t judge but want to remind that especially in the 90s and early 2000s it was impressive what could be done from a new media perspective here. Of course a lot changed there internally and from the outside (investors, ehemm) but this is definitely a story which could have been a huge success to this day. Whatever it was, it’s over now. R.I.P.?

Google Cache is also dead. Okay, you may argue, not very indie indeed. But we used it still to this day and are a bit sad that it vanished. Our times close the open web more and more, even popular websites like reddit do this. Having a cache feature available to see the content even when your Google click sent you to a gated website is not so free and positive thinking after all. R.I.P.

We are sure there will be more to digest the coming weeks and months. These are critical times.

Let’s look ahead.

For example with a Harvard study which stated recently Open Source software adds $8.8 trillion to the global economic power. We live and work in this industry here since almost 25 years now and believe us if we say this is even an understatement. It’s in the nature of open source software that some things are just not trackable. We are proud that it was tried here though. That’s definitely something we can build up upon. Kudos!

Take care and all the best,
your indie open source wizards from AETHYX MEDIAE

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Epcot - New Year's Eve 2014

Dear readers and customers,

first of all we from AETHYX MEDIAE want to wish all of you a Happy New Year 2024!

May some of your wishes come true. Stay healthy. And we hope you and your loved ones had a calm and relaxed start.

Let’s face it: we will have another difficult year, unfortunately.

More alternative web projects are dead now, like Flattr or the social network Ello. With less opportunities on the market than from the “Big5” (Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft), customers as well as humans loose more and more. However alternatives never come for free, especially the good ones. So let’s have a moment of silence for these two brave projects alone! The web became a little bit more monotonous and less powerful than before. It’s a pity. R.I.P.

We need to get active too internally: we used Flattr as an alternative payment service on all our projects. We need to deactivate all of the plugins as well as remove the code. So we start the new year with work we didn’t want to do really. Let’s hope it doesn’t stay that way.

There’s technological light at the end of the tunnel too: maybe we get some cool working AI tools this year. Or a working robot. Or humans finally are able to go to Mars. Let’s concentrate on the prospects, shall we? We believe in human creativity, so there will be some goodies for us to cherish in 2024 for sure!

Keep doing what you are doing! You are great!
All the best,
the aethyx staff

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Alaska - December 21, 2020

Dear readers and customers,

another tough year is coming to a fast close. And we have the impression that despite all the goodwill and best wishes for the new one from all sides currently, it will be another year full of hard challanges.

But we won’t complain.

Why? Because from 2010 to 2020 we lived through a whole decade of prosperity and wellbeing here. You could basically follow any crazy idea and find investors for it if you searched hard enough. The quality of our products and our lives improved drastically. Again. Progress couldn’t be stopped. At the same time humanity totally forgot that this is not a natural state: nothing goes on for a decade. That’s not how life works. And in our lightning-fast and over-stressed world there’s a price to pay if you stay on the throttle ten years in a row.

In our eyes, what’s happening the last four years straight is consolidation. We need change, drastic change. We need to get better: psychologically, phisiologically as well as financially. If we won’t do it now there will be no future for us humans on this planet. We should take this as a chance, we should take this seriously. And no war will bring us even an inch closer to accomplishing this noble target. Let’s work together and make it better now finally, shall we?

We wish you and your loved ones Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Stay healthy, let’s recharge our batteries now. And if you have the strength and ability next year to change our world only a little to the better, just do.

Take good care,
your aethyx staff

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Multi-Row Tabs (Tab Mix Plus hack) for Firefox 81

Dear readers and customers,

we blog.

We share links.

We put articles into Wikis.

And nevertheless at the end of each day, we still have so many open tabs in our browsers, on mobile devices we already see an infinity sign – the browser lost control of the amount of open tabs.

But fret not!

Keep the tabs open!

There was never more information out there to process for humans and bots alike.
A link shared delayed is better than a link never shared!
Because sharing is caring.

All the best,
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Prof. Noam Chomsky

Dear ladies and gentlemen,

today we’d like to share some media insights by our appreciated Noam Chomsky:

1 OWNERSHIP
The first has to do with ownership. Mass media firms are big corporations. Often, they are part of even bigger conglomerates. Their end game? Profit. And so it’s in their interests to push for whatever guarantees that profit. Naturally, critical journalism must take second place to the needs and interests of the corporation.

2 ADVERTISING
The second filter exposes the real role of advertising. Media costs a lot more than consumers will ever pay. So who fills the gap? Advertisers. And what are the advertisers paying for? Audiences. And so it isn’t so much that the media are selling you a product — their output. They are also selling advertisers a product — YOU.”

3 THE MEDIA ELITE
The establishment manages the media through the third filter. Journalism cannot be a check on power because the very system encourages complicity. Governments, corporations, big institutions know how to play the media game. They know how to influence the news narrative. They feed media scoops, official accounts, interviews with the ‘experts’. They make themselves crucial to the process of journalism. So, those in power and those who report on them are in bed with each other.

4 FLAK
If you want to challenge power, you’ll be pushed to the margins. When the media – journalists, whistleblowers, sources – stray away from the consensus, they get ‘flak’. This is the fourth filter. When the story is inconvenient for the powers that be, you’ll see the flak machine in action discrediting sources, trashing stories and diverting the conversation.

5 THE COMMON ENEMY
To manufacture consent, you need an enemy — a target. That common enemy is the fifth filter. Communism. Terrorists. Immigrants. A common enemy, a bogeyman to fear, helps corral public opinion.

As we stated oftentimes in the past here, it’s important that indie media like AETHYX MEDIAE exists. Maybe today more than ever. Let us explain.

1 Ownership: we value critical journalism over profit. Of course our margins are small but we’re also a company after all. We have costs, we need resources. Be it the time for writing this text here or when we want to extend our domain with which we are available in the web for another year. However, we share the opinion that journalism needs to be critical regarding profit if it wants to be valuable – and believable. As such, most of the journalism today doesn’t work anymore. It’s oftentimes even up to the individual to change that to the better – which is a shame for our current times.

2 Advertising: what we try here is to give you the control over what is published. That’s the contrary to making you a product for anything. If you want to show ads on your site or sell merchandise, no problem at all. But we have a problem with paradigms and corporations who make you a product. There are social media websites out there who convert individual human beings into plastic products. It’s horrible and needs to be stopped. Currently, it’s not even made out which heavy negative implications it will have on our future on this burning planet.

3 The media elite: we’re honest here – of course we want to be part of that elite too. Who doesn’t? However, we never will be the ones spin doctoring around. We never did and we wouldn’t be around here anymore if we ever did something similar. What we want is to have a “real media elite” full of competence, innovation and surrounded by bleeding edge technology. We want Eliza Cassan media! No, really: of course we want individuals with their blog, app, etc. be part of that “real media elite” but there’s room for AI media too.

4 Flak: this is something which won’t be changeable, unfortunately. If we observe this fluid media webspace correct for the last 20+ years, this won’t go away ever. We shouldn’t mind though, as if we long for the 100% credit and respect in this space, we might achieve maybe 80%. And this number is too damn high regarding the current media channels and outlets out there – and it is still growing. Let us be proud on what we will have achieved in the end, we here would be happy with 55/45. But for the heck of it, let’s long for the 100.

5 The common enemy: there are more than enough targets today which are important for humanity and its future. Let’s focus on those and not on those stupid conflicts between humans themselves. For as long as we humans stay on this planet, and this might not be very long anymore, we shouldn’t go down as the species which valued its own ego above the problems of a whole planet. Or a solar system. We think you get the idea, we should get hold of ourselves before it’s too late.

If we can believe in ourselves, you can too. Start today!

Take care out there and remember to stay real during these fake times,
your aethyx staff

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