They say that the first step towards dealing with an addiction is admitting that you have one. For that purpose, I have a confession to make: I am addicted to Open Source On The Air. For the uninitiated, OSOTA is a weekly Internet radio programme hosted by James and Karin Purser. Being based in Australia, this podcast focuses mainly on issues affecting the Australian FLOSS community. It is broadcast live on Wednesdays from 21:30 (UTC+1000). Besides being a great show in its own right (even if downloaded afterwards), I love how I can hang out in #localfoss on irc.freenode.net and provide input while the show is running live. It is this sort of interaction that makes free software so great.
A few weeks ago, Karin decided to announce a competition. The question was simple: to suggest a question for a future competition. An idea sprung to mind fairly quickly, and I mentioned it over IRC to James. I neglected to e‑mail it, however, and when Karin announced the following week that she had not received any entries, I realised that I had completely forgotten my idea. The ephemeral nature of IRC meant that I couldn’t just look it up (my logs were only short-term — curses!). I spent a day and a night wracking my brain before it resurfaced. I posted it to James, and the following week it was announced that I was a winner! Mind you, there were only two entries, and both were deemed to be winners 🙂
The following week, I received my loot: a plush Tux penguin and an O’Reilly Linux Anatomy poster. At the request of James, I sent him a photograph of myself with my new penguin friend. Fittingly, it was taken just prior to a SLUG meeting, and in it I’m wearing my Software Freedom Day 2006 T‑shirt.
So what was my entry? It’s probably best that I don’t spoil the surprise. Stay tuned for it to be announced on Open Source On The Air!