New Media in Germany is like colors for the blind: No one has a clue.
Unfortunately this has serious negative consequences.
As of October the 7th, we have been sued.
It is always the same “agency” which is disturbing the blogger subculture here for no reason for years now. Unofficial estimates say they sent out 500-600 take down letters. Since January. Which makes it one of the most foul & most consequent campaigns against independent online writers _ever_ here in this strange European country.
To be clear: This is no serious business. Rumors have it that this agency scans weblog archives over and over and over again in hunting down the one picture/graphic/photo which is not referenced correctly and/or has gone viral after some bloggers mentioned it in an article. The next step seems to be that they obtain the rights for it, long after the content has gone viral, and sue the authors, claiming not only the freshly obtained rights but also suing even the smallest blogs for thousands of Euros.
Some of these authors are scared and close the blogs directly. Others simply have no money to defend themselves. In other cases an author simply is not able to sent back the declaration to cease and desist on time and runs into much bigger problems. Also, when sending back the default letter the agency sends you as an attachment you need to sign, you not only give up the rights to them for the next 30(!) years, but also are in danger being fined for another round of thousands of Euros. It’s an evil circle. A circle artificially created because German law to this date simply does not know or has any interest in creating safe harbors for shared content on the Internet.
Because, you know, as Chancellor Merkel already said: “The Internet is virgin territory for us all”. This was shortly after the Guardian revealed the extensive NSA snoopings going on for years. Yeah. Welcome to the “New World”! What a brave human you need to be in this world…
All the worst,
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“summer time and the living is easy”
Summer is hell when it is that warm and uncomfortable and you are sitting in front of a computer.
So, what we do now is: We go outside.
We recommend this for you, too.
If you can not get loose of your hobby/profession/whatever then there are a lot of hacker camps which you should check out. Some name it “Summer of Code”, but one should never forget that there are more important things you can do in reality. You know, the place where your pizzas come from and stuff.
If you are looking for appropriate music we recommend Kruder & Dorfmeister, they made a lot of instant classics back in the days. Or Seelenluft from Switzerland.
We are out. Enjoy the weather and don’t forget to feed the cat!
All the best,
This is a completely new field for us, but we are happy to be there: Right now it is also possible to enjoy our projects on Android devices!
Due to the fact these zines are those with the most visitors this step is quite logical of course.
What we can say for now is that these apps won’t be our last. Android is a completely new way to experience consumer electronics. It is very likely that we will write more apps. And of course these will also be stand alone applications which might not be directly associated with our new media ambitions. There is so much more you can code. If you find the time…
But remember: This is just a starting point. We begin to understand what Android does and so are these first two apps. Don’t expect too much of them, we are not backed by a mega corporation (which has its advantages, btw), so we are not able to pay for hundreds of programmers and stuff. This needs time. And these apps are just several weeks “old”.
In the meantime we hope to enrich your lifes even more. This a whole leap forward. We hope to keep up the pace. See it as a free & open surplus of what we do.
Read you soon,
all the best,
Fresh, brandnew and we are happy that it is finally available:
|THE CIPHA.NET CHRONICLES IV|
|THE CIPHA.NET CHRONICLES IV sum up the cipha.net-archive from October 2006 to July 2007.|
Includes 350 articles, unabridged and with all of the links.
|631 (ebook, according to "Calibre")|
|May the 20th, 2013|
|@XinXii (free preview)|
@Amazon (free preview)
@Google Play (free preview)
|blog, weblog, e-magazine, cyberpunk, cyberspace, anthology, texts, online, chronicle, archive, internet, indie, independent, underground|
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You will also notice that part I to III is available regularly through Amazon now.
The release of the whole hexalogy will take longer as we intended.
Originally we wanted to release all six books and shut down the website cipha.net until the end of june 2013. But as of now we try to release these ebooks until the end of the year.
But this is a good sign: It shows that we have work. So nothing to be concerned about. We are an independent publishing house, such things are common.
Happy reading! Looking forward to your feedback!
Another year, another project.
Let us introduce you to our brand new website:
In short, it is a weblog about Japanese cars.
I am a huge fan of these forms of engineering since I was a kid, especially when it comes to automobiles from Nippon. So, what I did was to set up a new medium because I thought I could give something back and also gather brand new information about this topic. It is the definitive way I work with texts in the age of the Internet.
The site is still BETA and has no design template yet. This will be done in the next couple of weeks.
So, have a read from time to time! I think this has potential like the stuff I do on Gizmeo.
See you around!
All the best,
Today we would like to introduce you to our own eletronic shop:
We are here to realize some projects. Let’s, finally, start with it.
Lots of information about our packages and other useful stuff will be published there. So visit this site frequently if you would like to stay up to date.
Currently we are able to provide the following packages: Starter and Professional.
Ultimate will come soon as the third and most exclusive package, so stay tuned.
If you are 16 or under, we will give you the Starter-package for free. Just send us a copy of your student card, please. It has to be valid, too.
Anyway, we would also like to wish our fans & clients Happy Holidays! It will be a cold Easter, so don’t forget the warm clothes.
All the best,
We updated the page.
You will now find all three packages and their appropriate information. If you need something special, just let us know! Hope to hear from you soon.
“Hacking from China!”
…is the new overkill news media buzzword of the yet young year 2013.
EVERYONE ist being hacked: Microsoft, Twitter, Facebook, Apple, EADS, ThyssenKrupp, even your cat!.
And all of these hacks come from China. Of course.
This is ridiculous.
I mean: How do they know it’s not just spoofing to make it look like these hacks originated in the far east?
I think they just don’t have the time or interest anymore to search for the real reasons.
What I know: Most of our visitors speak Chinese. Our stats don’t lie. And I never ever would have imagined to make a project which will be read from there.
So, IMHO, I’m glad that the Chinese are there! I even enjoy their food quite often. I don’t have any problems with them and I think our Western point of view of these people is just full of prejudices. That’s it.
Nothing new here…
It’s 2013, folks!
New year, new opportunities.
We changed our website a bit:
- the search bar is now available in the main menu on top of our site. The former box was just too ugly with this huge search button
- new main font: No “Nec Plus Ultra” anymore. We are quite happy with the brandnew “Zekton”. We hope you’ll like it too
- new links: We added quite a few new links to our sidebar on the left. You’ll find direct links to popular tools like “Calibre” or some websites where you can publish your own Ebook for free
“THE CIPHA.NET CHRONICLES IV” will be available soon. No definitive date yet, so stay tuned for more information to come.
If you want us to help you in setting up a website/blog/tumblr as well, drop us a line! We are looking forward to help you in realizing your individual project. Believe us: It will be pure fun!
That’s it for now.
See you soon,