The Net

(Last changed: 2019-09-27.)

Been here since the 1990s. When we read The Cluetrain Manifesto. Which told us:

Hyperlinks Subvert Hierarchy.

Since the times when you clicked a box not to load images for loading speed's sake. The first website of my own - crafted by FrontPage! - went online in 1997.

These were the days when we philophisized about The Web and its culture as such, when the tool and the medium was as interesting as The Content.

These were also the days when web pages were pages, and when browsers were not yet full-featured development environments and platforms to run dynamic applications, when not yet half of your OS (and most of your CPU) was inside your browser.

Original logo for my site radices.net (2003).

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Pseudo Twitter (2019-03-13)

Little Snippets and Links. Hand-Crafted.

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Cyber Something (2018-10-14)

You know you have become a dinosaur when you keep using outdated terminology. Ev...

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Let Your Hyperlinks Live Forever! (2018-03-18)

Against linkrot! Joel Spolsky went to great lengths to prevent linkrot, but no excuses if you are not famous: I did it too.

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Bots, Like This! I am an Ardent Fan of HTTPS and Certificates! (2018-02-03)

This is an experiment in Machine Learning, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, wh...

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Working Remotely (2017-12-02)

HTTP(s) (mis-)use connection magic enables me to work in a way I would have never envisaged 25 years ago - at the time when my most important 'files' were still contained in physical folders. I am able to work nearly remote-only, not only in IT projects.

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The Orphaned Internet Domain Risk (2017-10-21)

If you abandon a domain, malvertizers may re-use it – using even your former content available on public archives … taking advantage of your former reputation.

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Computers, Science, and History Thereof (2017-09-29)

I am catching up on all things computing and software. Here are a lot of words about three sublime, yet free, online resources. My personal nostalgic time capsules.

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Other People Have Lives - I Have Domains (2017-06-06)

New domain names and HTTPS everywhere.

Thumbnail: The Stages of Blogging - an Empirical Study

The Stages of Blogging - an Empirical Study (2017-03-04)

What I learned in 5 years of blogging on WordPress. Looking back on mainly the less technical early writing here.

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Self-Referential Poetry, Edition 2016 (2016-10-24)

Bizarre Poetry from my Weird Prose, channelled by Google.

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Internet of Things. Yet Another Gloomy Post. (2016-09-30)

Some thoughts about recent DDoS attacks – and why I think the discussion about manufacturers locking down their printers is somewhat related. About the tension between being an independent neutral netizen and being plugged in to an inescapable matrix, maybe beneficial but Borg-like nonetheless.

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Silent Online Writing: Introspection versus Science / Tech Writing (2016-09-17)

Post-rationalizing: After I overhauled my website here it dawned on me that my world has split into philosophical meta thoughts (here) and no-nonsense tech writing (there). Unfortunately, you are now: Here.

Thumbnail: Have I Seen the End of E-Mail?

Have I Seen the End of E-Mail? (2016-06-10)

I have been impressed by a targeted ransomware attack on very small Austrian businesses.

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Anniversary 4 (4 Me): 'Life Ends Despite Increasing Energy' (2016-03-18)

Some statistics after four years of blogging on wordpress.com. No, not statistics on views and visitors but my own Excel analysis of the number of posts in categories over the years.

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Internet Domains: The Unspeakable (2015-12-05)

Insights - speaking from 15 years of experiences. Never use a word denoting a punctuation mark.

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Self-Poetry, catalyzed by Google (2015-11-13)

As usual: There is no poetry devoid of Google.

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Shortest Post Ever (2015-11-07)

Update - my new personal site is live.

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Farewell Posting on e-stangl.at / radices.net / subversiv.at (2015-11-03)

Status update on the web migration project: New (=this) site is live!

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Random Things I Have Learned from My Web Development Project (2015-10-29)

The first half is about technology and HTTP redirects, the second half can be ignored by geeks.

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Hacking away... (2015-10-18)

Next update on my web development project.

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Web Migration Project - Progress Report (2015-09-29)

Ongoing update on my web development project.

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My Flat-File Database (2015-09-18)

My new websites' database is equivalent to a bunch of text files. I am going to use standard SQL queries to retrieve content and meta-data from the file contents and the file name.

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Interrupting Regularly Scheduled Programming ... (2015-08-17)

… I am going to re-do my websites from scratch.

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We Interrupt Our Scheduled Programming ... (2015-08-11)

I wax a bit nostalgic as this might be the last entry in this ancient pseudo-twitter stream (fed from a TXT-file-based 'database' I edit manually, BTW). I am going to re-do all my personal sites from scratch, and an I am really enjoying it. .NET and object-orientation - here I come, says the script-kiddy.

Thumbnail: Finally Mobile-Friendly! (How I Made Googlebot Happy)

Finally Mobile-Friendly! (How I Made Googlebot Happy) (2015-04-29)

I gave in to Google’s nagging. A little boot camp in responsive web design, to meet the bare minimum requirements.

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About 14,5 Random Thoughts on Blogging and Social Media (2015-02-25)

I got the hang of manifesto writing!

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Maybe I Am a True Expert Now. (2015-01-25)

As the saying goes, an expert is somebody who has committed every blunder in their discipline. Thus I have finally made it.

Thumbnail: All My Theories Have Been Wrong. Fortunately!

All My Theories Have Been Wrong. Fortunately! (2015-01-23)

I apologize to Google. Final and embarrassing update in this series.

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Looking for Patterns (2015-01-09)

Some details about the hack of my non-Wordpress website. A self-sabotaging post written by a so-called IT security expert.

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Waging a Battle against Sinister Algorithms (2014-12-20)

My website was hacked, but worse: Google seems to consider me a link scammer and my page impressions plummeted by a factor of 100.

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The More Content You Have Created (2014-10-25)

he more time you need for curating. Why I am obsessed with hand-crafted list of links.

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Subversive Newsletter Nr. 5: A Mind-Altering Experience (2014-07-31)

Nearly 10 years have passed, so The Subversive Element can speak about it in public.

Thumbnail: I Picked the Right Blogging Platform! (Book Review: The Year without Pants)

I Picked the Right Blogging Platform! (Book Review: The Year without Pants) (2014-06-14)

Book review of The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work by Scott Berkun. Asyncronous, remote collaboration - by enthusiastic geeks. This is my preferred work-style, too, I can relate a lot!

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I Am Too Googleable! (2014-05-17)

What the title says - I am hiding in plain sight.

Thumbnail: Why Am I Online?

Why Am I Online? (2014-05-16)

Since 1997 I have been maintaining personal and business websites but I haven't joined the social media borg cube(s) before 2012.

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Blog Cleanup - Raking the Virtual Zen Garden Again (2014-05-05)

Announcing the new menu bar - links to new pages (as this one) that list all blog posts and associate them with a new kind of 'categories'.

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The Web As I Want to Remember It (2014-03-05)

On ancient, yet very functional websites, my related nostalgia, and responsive designs. Minor rants included.

Thumbnail: Intelligent Life-Forms in the Blogosphere - Again!

Intelligent Life-Forms in the Blogosphere - Again! (2014-01-29)

Bestowing my infamous award for the second time to a life-form who nearly could do an earth sandwich with me.

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I am Not a Writer (2014-01-26)

I am not a writer. I feel I had to decide often between being a fence-sitting commentator or somebody who is in charge of and fully accountable for technical problem solving - and I always picked the latter.

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I am Standing on the Shoulders of Subversive Giants (2014-01-19)

This site contains a messy collection of allegedly original creative texts which are most likely unintended plagiarisms of really subversive thinkers. This might be true for all pseudo-subversive websites

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Facebook: A Social Network That Lends Itself to Fine Art (2014-01-05)

Intellectuals are scathing Facebook in error. This is not at all the preferred network of amateur food photographers, humblebragging spammers of personal success stories, or creators of uncalled for inspirational quotes.

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Should This Blog Be Cast in Stone and Live Forever? (2013-12-10)

What does it mean to die ... on the web?

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Using Social Media in Bursts. Is. Just. Normal. (2013-12-02)

On modelling the behavior of so-called intelligent life-forms using analogies from physics, and how that matches my anecdotal experience.

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About Life-Form Elke Stangl (2013-09-14)

More self-indulgence...

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Unplug Myself: First Update (2013-07-16)

Warm-up after a time-out from social media with an haiku-style short Search Term Poem.

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What Is Normal? (My Way of Announcing Blogging Time-Out) (2013-06-20)

An experiment in going offline (for about 1,5 months finally).

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Creepy Game of Life (2013-05-30)

Are we becoming gamified bots?

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Is There Anything That Can be Said about This Site? (2013-05-28)

These are the famous red pages of the Subversive Element, also known as Elkement or El(k)ement.

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Do I Have an Opinion on Education at Large and on MOOCs in Particular? (2013-05-24)

(Of course I have - too obvious use of a rhetoric device).

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The BLAHS #4--Geek of the Year (2013-05-17)

That's me!

Thumbnail: I Screwed It up - I Feel Stupid

I Screwed It up - I Feel Stupid (2013-05-14)

You can always have fun with your own mistakes!

Thumbnail: Kicking off the ILFB Award: Intelligent Life-Forms in the Blogosphere

Kicking off the ILFB Award: Intelligent Life-Forms in the Blogosphere (2013-05-09)

A blog award of my own making - bestowed upon the geekiest biologist.

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On Social Media and Networking (Should Have Been a Serious Post, Turned out Otherwise) (2013-05-06)

My personal internet manifesto including gems such as: The internet is a weird place, fortunately!

Thumbnail: Liebster Blog Award Nomination for Everyone!

Liebster Blog Award Nomination for Everyone! (2013-05-01)

postmoderndonkey has now nominated you all - he nominates all blogs everywhere r...

Thumbnail: On Time Travelling: Rigorous Categorization of Science Fiction Movies

On Time Travelling: Rigorous Categorization of Science Fiction Movies (2013-04-20)

Not about physics - but about logical consistency of time-travel movies. Should be part of the internet's consciousness.

Thumbnail: Intercontinental Discourse on Cheery 1960s Commercials

Intercontinental Discourse on Cheery 1960s Commercials (2013-04-13)

Pre-internet, but turned into memes now.

Thumbnail: Professional Online Persona or: What Are Your Skills?

Professional Online Persona or: What Are Your Skills? (2013-04-11)

LinkedIn's endorsements game has inspired me.

Thumbnail: On Writing or: What Do I Need to Smoke to Understand Your Websites?

On Writing or: What Do I Need to Smoke to Understand Your Websites? (2013-04-08)

As meta as is can get. And the question was a literal quote.

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Blogging Anniversary with Post No. 63. Equal to: 42 Plus (42 Divided by 2) (2013-03-24)

One year on WordPress - quite a party!

Thumbnail: On the Hierarchy of Needs and Needless Things

On the Hierarchy of Needs and Needless Things (2013-03-22)

WordPress blogging on top of Maslow's hierarchy of needs (Cartoon).

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Subversive Newsletter No. 3: Internet Apocalypso (2013-03-10)

The original newsletters are more than 8 years old, and it is hard to understand what in hell was on my mind when I had written those.

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My Google Searches Might Heat Your Home (2013-02-18)

Imagine your search terms could be utilized for something down-to-earth, for something useful.

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Newsletter Resurrection (2013-02-09)

These are the preliminary results of the Website Resurrection Project. In spring 2012 rotten web pages have been de-linked. In 2018 I corrected fake German tag Bizarr to Bizarre; now you now.

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Retrospection (2013-02-09)

The Element indulges in web nostalgia - remembering its Subversive Newsletters, sent to (a very small selection of) German readers from July 2004 to July 2005. ┬┤These pivotal works have been resurrected today! ...

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Subversive Yearly Report (2012-12-23)

The Subversive Element is delighted to report on our progress in Elementary Subversion: All web sites that are controlled by The Element have been resurrected and updated in an extremely professional fashion. We do go to great lengths in explaining the details via appropriate communication channels.

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Website Resurrection: Status Report (2012-12-17)

I am really serious about keeping my three 'personal' non-blog websites.

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F as in Finally (2012-12-03)

I. Am. On. Facebook! After Years of social media denial!

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Less Irony (2012-12-01)

A short note to myself - do we need less irony on the web?

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Retro-Geek: On the Fascination of Machinery (2012-11-30)

Always late to memes and trends, I have discovered steampunk.

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Is My Life a Cliché? (2012-11-18)

It is, and Google proves it.

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How to Avoid Exponential Inflation or How to Respond Appropriately to an Award Nomination (2012-11-14)

The post that might have triggered all that nonsense listed above.

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Discovering Your Life Being Cliché (2012-11-06)

Better not google your allegedly brilliant original ideas.

Thumbnail: The Rise and Fall of an Intermittent Netizen ?

The Rise and Fall of an Intermittent Netizen ? (2012-11-02)

Online since the early 90s. Yet The Subversive Element might be an impostor netizen. I have never discussed in Usenet, learned programming on a C64, or compiled a Linux kernel.

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Profile of Elke Stangl, one more attempt (2012-10-20)

If that would be web 2.0, I'd call this my profile

Thumbnail: Burn the Org Chart - if Not the Organization - Down to the Ground

Burn the Org Chart - if Not the Organization - Down to the Ground (2012-10-14)

If there was ever a geeky manifesto - then this. Re-reading The Cluetrain Manifesto. Remembering periods in my life that were funny in a way not expected

Thumbnail: Reconcile All This (Goals of This Blog)

Reconcile All This (Goals of This Blog) (2012-09-30)

Should probably have been: Goal of My Life.

Thumbnail: The Website Resurrection Project

The Website Resurrection Project (2012-09-23)

I am webmaster in the old-fashioned sense of a bunch of ancient ASP-based sites. And I cannot let go of them.

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The Element is Back! (2012-09-22)

This website is currently participating in our website resurrection program. Extremely successfully, based on the metrics we have defined...

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A Blank Sheet of Paper (2012-07-27)

On the pleasure of starting from scratch (re web activities, mainly).

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Hansoms and Wires (2012-06-17)

Re: Sherlock Holmes novels - and why the Victorian life-style described therein feels familiar to the digital native.

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Offline (2012-04-29)

Just what the title says.

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Shallow Waters and Deep Reading (2012-04-05)

Re-considering my online and offline reading habits. Re: The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr

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My Blog Name Corresponds to a Mistyped Term (2012-03-25)

But I am determined to make elkement a household word.

Thumbnail: Clandestine Blogging

Clandestine Blogging (2012-03-25)

This blog started in pseudonymous fashion - and not shared to social media.

Thumbnail: From Early Adopter to Lazy Laggard

From Early Adopter to Lazy Laggard (2012-03-24)

First post ever - finally entering the world of web 2.0.

Thumbnail: Subversive Newsletter No. 2: On Self-Reference

Subversive Newsletter No. 2: On Self-Reference (2008-01-06)

Presenting trivial and pseudo-funny facts. 2 is a prime number - go figure.

Thumbnail: What is a Netizen?

What is a Netizen? (2008-01-01)

Back in the golden times of the internet a netizen had to be an expert.

Thumbnail: All good things must come to an end.

All good things must come to an end. (2007-07-09)

There were times when the Element used to spam a group of people with self-referential e-mail content. People were forced to subscribe because at that time mass e-mails have not been illegal yet.

Thumbnail: Subversive Newsletter No. 1: On Subversion at Large

Subversive Newsletter No. 1: On Subversion at Large (2007-05-10)

The market for subversive consulting was increasing rapidly.

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The Scary Part (2004-12-01)

subversiv.at: The first English page.

Thumbnail: The history of the dark blue website, 2002 - 2014

The history of the dark blue website, 2002 - 2014 (2002-12-16)

Elke was here! The history of the dark blue website, 2002 - 2014