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Dear readers and customers,

without a doubt, we live in difficult and complicated times. At least temporarily, for two months in a row now, the daily life we knew and celebrated is no more.

But wait, there’s hope!

With more time than ever available since we are adults, let’s use the situation to change the world for the better!

And no, we don’t do this in watching a brand new TV series or buying some new toys for our kitchens or living rooms.

We want to be active. We want to be creative. We want to develop ourselves. And create a brighter future.

What better than starting your own blog now, for example? Become an expert in a special field or maybe you even are already one and want to share your ideas? We are here to help!

Who knows, maybe you’re sitting on a Word document you just want to publish for ages now. Your first real book and need help in converting it into an eBook and publish it via multiple stores? Yes, that’s what we’re also here for!

You always wanted to hit thousands of smartphones and tablets with your unique app idea? Hey, let us be your guide!

And there’s so much more:

Set up your own cloud? Be independent from Twitter? Need your own social network? Need IT consultancy (starting from 49€/h)? Or just want to have a quick chat? Reach out to us anytime, we’re happy to hear from you: info@aethyx.eu.

You have to know we’re around in here for 20 years now, albeit not permanently under the same name and brand. In fact even we would be surprised to find a field in web and IT we can’t be of help. Use our experience and profit from us! Accelerate your future with us!

Stay healthy and best wishes,
the aethyx staff


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Dear readers & customers,

for us at AETHYX MEDIAE it’s time to celebrate this month:

as of August the 8th 2018, we counted the 1,000,000th visitor at our oldest project, cipha.net!

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It’s amazing in regarding the fact that we installed this counter back in 2006, when we ported the project from Greymatter to WordPress. Unfortunately, because this was an indie underground project, we never had the mood, time or resources to count visitors from 2001 on, when the project went live, to the aforementioned date.

What’s interesting too is: the number mentioned and the counter which you can still see live in action on the website on the lower right corner, these are really visitors, not page views. In this day and age both KPIs (key performance indicators) are confused very often. What a pity, the web is 27 years old now…

In page views, we are nearing the five million mark: right now it’s showing us 4,915,471.

We still want to thank anyone who still visits this intergalactic anthology antiquity!

As you may have read on our Where? page, we shut down the blog and released all of its content in eBooks, in 2017 also in books on demand via Amazon.

To be honest and that’s what impresses us even more here: cipha.net isn’t our first project to reach the infamous one million visitors mark.

The first project which achieved this milestone for us was zockerseele.com, our video game blog. It happened on April the 11th, 2011.

The counter here was implemented right from the start in 2005, shortly after we aquired the URL and published the system along with its first entry. So what we see here as counter data in the first sidebar is really what’s rolling in since the project was born.

zockerseele.com will also be our first project to reach the 2,000,000 visitors milestone. Right now we’re at 1,955,981. And due to financial and time problems we almost update nothing there anymore. In page views, zockerseele.com is even more impressing: 17,655,816. Never in our dreams would we have imagined to do a “no budget web project” with such figures…

We don’t know when but the party will be joined by gizmeo.eu, our gadget blog, as the counter there is somewhere in the 250,000s. As you may have read between the lines above this may take ages.

But hey, that’s how indie projects work! <3

Today we’re going to celebrate a little: if you like join us in Lisbon, most of the time you’ll find us roaming the streets around Bairro Alto or Costa da Caparica. We’re even sometimes visiting the small beaches in Cascais when we’re drunk, haha! Well, due to the fact that we have to get there by train this doesn’t happen very often. Of course we can’t guarantee that we’re still alive when you see or meet us but we’re living the indie dream and touching is explicitly allowed! <3 Just be prepared for a incalculable reaction. 😉

AETHYX MEDIAE.

We’re:

The Million Makers.

Nice to meet you!

Time to book us: info@aethyx.eu.

Sincerely,
get drunk already,
the aethyx staff


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Dear readers,

we at AETHYX MEDIAE believe strongly in the Ethereum project initiated by Vitalik Buterin. In fact we think it’s the hottest candidate for “Project of the 21. century”. We currently don’t know if such a contest even exists but want to support the project as of now our way.

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The official logo taken from https://www.ethereum.org/assets

Thus, after implementing an option to support Bitcoin in 2014, as of now it will be possible to support AETHYX MEDIAE via Ether donations directly.

We will roll out the donation buttons on our most popular medium first, gizmeo.eu. Afterwards we will implement it here, on aethyx.eu, as well as on all our other projects onwards.

As we couldn’t find a pre-made button for our intentions we made one inhouse ourselves.

Well, two in fact, as we couldn’t decide for the naming. So one of them just says ethereum, the other says donate ether, both in using the official font “Print clearly” which we found out via reddit here.

We also decided to share both buttons with the world. ^^

You can download them here as well find an official README.md document: https://gitlab.com/aethyx/opensource/tree/master/Ethereum%20buttons.

Features:

  • using official font “Print clearly”
  • official Ethereum logo, it’s just a resized version to fit the button
  • official background colour #ECF0F1
  • beveled button
  • two versions available
  • *.png file extension
  • size 110x20px
  • CC BY-SA 4.0

We tried hard to stick to the official visual identity guideline as much as possible.

We hope you enjoy! Made with <3 in Europe!

All the bestest,
the aethyx staff


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Data use in context

Dear readers,

it may sound like an unsexy topic but it’s an important one for sure: as of today, May 25th 2018, the EU law GDPR takes full effect.

This law was written down two years ago already and is primarly designed to fine corporations or institutions for a lot of money if these don’t comply to data protection standards.

What sounds like a good thing for the individual is a nightmare for small publishers or freelancers like us here at AETHYX MEDIAE.

Nevertheless we agree totally with the EU intentions and thus decided to implement special features for users to voluntarily opt-out of data collections services.

At AETHYX MEDIAE we are using the following services which use cookies and thus should all provide an opt-out possibility by default:

  • Google Adsense: for targeted advertising on all of our commercial websites
  • Adshot: an Adsense clone which we use for research purposes as well as an alternative to Google Adsense
  • Matomo (formerly Piwik): for website analytics like where do our users come from, which browsers they use, etc.

We already published all of this information on our contact page for years: https://aethyx.eu/contact/

What’s new here is now an option to opt-out from Matomo, the website analytics, with a click of a checkbox.

For Google Adsense as well as Adshot we’re still missing this option. It’s not our fault, neither Google nor Adshot are currently able to provide a convenient opt-out option. The only thing we can do at the moment is to promise to implement this option when it will be made publicly available. We don’t think it will take very long as we are sure advertising agencies will know what lies ahead of them if they don’t comply.

All in all it’s definitely a good thing for the future of individual data rights. Some may curse the EU for these restrictions. We at AETHYX MEDIAE deeply believe that Europe did a great job in protecting human rights. It’s a pity there exists a panic at the moment when this law exists since April 2016 already. Thank your government if you feel uninformed here.

Thank you for using our sites and services.

Kindest regards,
the aethyx staff


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Happy New Year 2018

Dear readers,

Christmas is over already and we hope you had a wonderful time with your loved ones!

2017 is gone now. As always, it was a difficult yet surprising year. Nevertheless it’s now the right time to look forward what lies ahead and the things to come!

We wish all of our precious readers, authors, clients & fans a Happy New Year!

May health, luck & satisfaction be with all of you.

Only the bestest,

the aethyx staff


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