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Best wishes for 2007

Luistxo Fernandez 2006/12/23 09:32
Merry Christmas and happy new 2007!

I sort-of initiated a blog tradition of Christmas posts last year, with my children's best picture of the year. The jury has decided that 2006's best photo is this one at the Los Angeles Zoo. Lili, Peru and the prairie dog.

Love and peace to everybody.

Aim big

Luistxo Fernandez 2006/12/16 19:58
The 5th anniversary of Sustatu, the Basque Slashdot, was nice. And reviews have been positive afterwards, more positive than in the other European tech event of the week, LeWeb 3 with Loic Le Meur, where opinions seem to be unanimous.

It was a bilingual event, all in Basque, including the Ubuntu Linux, OpenOffice and Firefox software used for presentations, except Ed Freyfogle's (ex Yahoo, now Lokku/Nestoria) speech and frantic 80-slide presentation, shown in mere 10 minutes of English talk. Yet, the mixture of the languages was perfect, and the tone, which began provocatively with Ed, followed that line with Iban Zaldua, a local writer and blogger, and myself. Ed called the audience, you, the leaders of Internet in Euskal Herria (Basque Country).

Were we that, really? A bunch of friends, maybe, those 100 people that attended, people that suspect Internet is big, and care about our country. Leaders or not, we took good note of Ed's advice:
  • aim big
  • focus on whatever is most important, forget the rest
  • measure twice, cut once
  • Chinese are cheaper, therefore we should hire them.
More pics from my coleague Zaloa Etxeniz, about the event and the beatiful setting, a centuries old cluster just renewed, which we had the occasion to user even before official inauguration.

Ed's presentation is here, and the rest in Basque as well. Thank you, Nestoria, for celebrating with us. We enjoyed you presence, and I suspect that the whole team of that company enjoyed the Basque Country as well: there's graphic evidence of that (location of the surfspot: Sopela).

Basque Slashdot clone turns five and throws a party with international figures

Luistxo Fernandez 2006/12/05 10:48
Sustatu, the Basque Slashdot (please do understand the difference of scale), has turned 5 years old. There's no formal birthdate, it slowly came out of the shadows, without a formal presentation, during november 2001. At the time, Kuro5hin and Slashdot were our references, altogether with Spanish Barrapunto. It was the first weblog in Basque. The standard model for weblogs has shifted since then, and now it's personal blogs (looks as if a semantic nuance distinguishes blog from weblog) which are en vogue. We've got plenty of them nowadays in Basque (for instance, in, but Sustatu remains as a clear reference in the Basque web scene.

Just 3 or 4 daily notes (on labour days), plus a picture. Sometimes, there are comments, and even discussions. Not much greater than that, but that's how the Basque modest flagship of the Internet sails, and we are proud of it.
Next week, we'll throw a party in Arrasate (Mondragon). There will be prizes (some iPods) for a little contest we've organised (Best blog post in Basque), and two invited speakers, very ironic blogger (a companion in this small community where the English Cemetery sits) and writer Iban Zaldua (our local Pullitzer, Basque literature award 2006), and Ed Freyfogle, american technologist, who served as a leading search engineer in Yahoo Europe for years, and now is a co-founder of London-based start-up Lokku, the creator of Nestoria. The Basque connection of Freyfogle is Javier Etxebeste, who met Ed while he was the director of Yahoo Europe, and now is the other co-founder of Nestoria, and it's from that connection that we've managed to get Ed at this event.

If you know Basque, click on the icon and you'll manage to get an invitation to attend, and know more details about Sustatu's party and contest.


Luistxo works in CodeSyntax, tweets as @Luistxo and tries to manage the automated newssite Niagarank. This Cemetery is part of a distributed multilingual blog (?!). These are the Basque and Spanish versions:

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