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​.freen​ode​.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!

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