Good evening dear readers,
2013: whistleblower Edward Snowden flees from the NSA to Hongkong and then to Russia while informing the world about secret spy activities against American citizens as well as those of other countries
2017: we read about the Vault 7 series by Wikileaks informing the world about the biggest intelligence leak to this date in covering similar techniques by the CIA
Times are changing and they are changing fast.
So, in a small time frame of only 16 months, our “prophecy” become true unfortunately, that the open web, the open internet is dead. And believe us, we also didn’t want to hear or read this, but http, the de-facto web protocol we all love and grew up with, is deprecated by now. This is like, well, telling millions over millions of web developers & users, bloggers, online journalists, artists, etc. all over the world “if you use insecure http, you suck!” It’s not fair, it’s not even their fault. But we pay for the bills in the end.
So, this March 2017 we did heavy work, project wide, under the hood: we switched from http to https. Everywhere. You can count us now to the 50% (at least according to Firefox statistics) of the web which implemented and use it already. This was no easy part and still there are issues. Let’s give you an overview of some of the problems we faced:
.htaccess, if you didn’t know already about it. Otherwise your sites will crash/not use https
Working with the internet today is almost entirely defined by working with the WWW. No matter what you do, the most of the stuff you do online you do via your web browser. Heck, even smartphone apps use the web as their platform.
We may have lost the fight to keep the web an open medium. Not a good sign. But we are still in fighting to keep it a secure medium. Which is, well, until someone in maybe 27 years from now on (remember, the web was born around 1990) will know new facts, read between the lines again and state “https is deprecated”!
Never stop fighing. Never.
Enjoy SSL everywhere,
the aethyx staff
Experts say the Self-publishing market will skyrocket the next 2 to 5 years. More and more publishers will emerge, taking market share from the big two which currently are Amazon and BoD (Books on Demand).
Phew, then we’re glad for our vision in 2010 when AETHYX MEDIAE was born!
It shouldn’t matter if you’re doing this online or offline by the way: in either case it was never easier and faster than it is today.
Of course, offering the complete online package is what we here at AETHYX MEDIAE do the whole day:
you start your weblog here with us in no time, for a fair and moderate price: see what we have in our store for you and convince yourself!
In fact we are a “one stop shop” in establishing your first weblog:
1) visit the link above and choose one of three options
2) we install your weblog usually in 24h and get it up & running
3) you’re ready to play! Welcome to the future of publishing!
In fact you can to this until you enjoy your pension. In case you want to quit after several years or even months, no big deal: what about converting your blog into an eBook after you retired, saving your precious texts for future generations and make an Euro here or there? Possible with AETHYX MEDIAE: we already published six eBooks this way, even with customised covers which are available via Amazon (*cough*), XinXii and Google Play Books! And believe us: due to a market which doesn’t even exist, these won’t be the only three.
We’re happy and looking forward what lies ahead together with you! Become a part of this today: firstname.lastname@example.org, contact us anytime!
See you soon, hopefully here,
the aethyx staff
since yesterday the NATO sees cyberspace officially as a new territory for its operations. This is no good news for users of the interwebs.
I) Why is this a problem?
Currently the NATO exists of only 28 states out of 192 worldwide. To most people this “intergovernmental military alliance” lost its meaning completely at the moment the Berlin wall fell. Before that, the world was balanced by self-knockouts of two countries only, USA and Sovjet Union. The world lived in peace, or at least it was recognised by most people, after the fall of the Iron Curtain 1989, until September the 11th, 2001.
Unfortunately a lot has changed to the worse, not only regarding web topics. People are executed or jailed for publishing independent texts online and offline. Religious conflicts worldwide backed by military-industrial complex structures, most of them from NATO countries, arose and killed hundreds and thousands of people. The conflict with Ukraine is mainly a NATO, not a Russian problem. Former Warsaw Pact states were tricked in joining NATO first before becoming a full EU member. Al-Qaida became ISIL will become what-ever. The modernisation as well as the future development of new kinds of atomic bombs. And so on.
As you can see there is absolutely no advantage in being regarded an “operation territory” by NATO. We don’t know if they were just stupid or megalomaniac when they proclaimed that publicly. You as an internet user should be prepared for the worst; remember the Snowden files since 2013, please, if you didn’t believe citizen journalists before this American whistleblower already.
II) What can I do now?
The worst you could do: Going offline.
What we regard since several years is the fact that the internet became to powerful for the global elite to control and they want to trick you in leaving it to them what’s good for you. Believe us: we are here since 2000 already and if you don’t do it yourself, then someone else will do it for you! The internet is no TV is no radio! It’s too huge, too complex and no organisation or system, we repeat, no organisation or system on this planet to this date is able to process all data here!
That’s how Apple tried to take your mobile internet. That’s how Facebook took all of your friends as well as what you and your loved ones like. That’s why Microsoft bought Skype, Nokia as well as LinkedIn. They want you to believe that they own anything already and they keep selling you this lie. Yeah, then see for yourself how huge the web really is.
You know, we still remember the promises of the golden internet times 1999/2000 for anyone and AETHYX MEDIAE thinks this time is still to come! Don’t leave it all to giant corporations! The dinosaurs will vanish anyway! Did you know that Microsoft even didn’t see the WorldWideWeb coming? Imagine: in 2016 you as a user are enough experienced & skilled with web knowledge than you might think! Do it on your own or leave it to us! Check out our product range:
We are glad to help where we can in making yourself free from those kraken overlords! Don’t hesitate to contact us!
For anything else, becoming a creator from being only a consumer is never easy: Use VPN!
III) Aren’t you just panicking?
No, definitely not. NATO today is good for nothing. It never was, actually. If you didn’t see or experience this on your own between 1989 and the end of 2001 we feel very sorry for you.
IV) Didn’t they forget to mention space?
Yes, they actually did. We believe that happened on purpose. We currently live in world with five realms: water, earth, air, space and cyber. We will never forget those stupid “Star Wars” plans by certain American politicians. In fact, one of those aggressive star wars systems is currently sold to Poland and will be operating there 2018. No one in the EU wants such systems and those are not needed. Regarding the tensions between Brussels and Warsaw at the current time, we, IOHO, think we lost Great Britain and Poland already to the USA. The EU won’t be able to change that. Shall they leave the European Union. For Europe, Russia was never an opponent! In history.
With the recent news that NATO, which and with it all of its member states failed on only one day in 2001, we don’t believe it’s a good sign now being regarded as target(s) when using internet and/or web services. Our article here pointed out our angriness as well as some hints for you as a user or small corporation to avoid future complications. That’s just our opinion but AETHYX MEDIAE as an independent publishing house thinks that as long as NATO exists there will be stupid wars for generations, no matter which realm. And you know who profit the most from those mass killings? Only the 28 wealthiest states on this planet. Time to become activists, people!
This is like what we do for a-g-e-s:
“Here are the five media trends I’m watching and will focus on in future articles on this site:
Sources and advertisers going direct
Context is King
Journalist as brand
Reporting as service
Media companies as technology companies”
Continues at: http://mediapunk.net/2010/05/5-media-trends-to-watch/.
We share the opinion that content is king instead of context is king. Context is in fact important, but only if you want to sell advertising.
It’s nothing new, however, that we see shifting media companies to tech companies. When you are doing new media you need technology to do it. So, in the future, it will be possible that you get in fact technology from those who started with media. Like, smartphones or tablet PCs or even gaming consoles.
The term journalist as a brand is typical American philosophy. The whole country is a corporation and corporations need brands. But it’s problematic in staying true and be effective in what you do: If you in fact are the brand, you are no longer an individual. You loose your credibility. So, we would say: The mediae you create could be a brand. Don’t sell yourself! This is stupid and very dangerous.
Anyway, interesting article, but no concept for Europe or other parts of the world.