So the Switch campaign has been fun, at least for Mac users. But what if we widened the concept to include all platforms, and tell humorous stories about our own crazy computer experiences? Yeah, let’s do it! So here’s the concept for this contest that begins immediately and closes on Wednesday evening, Sept. 18, at 5 pm PST.
We’ve all had embarrassing computer moments over the years. If you have a good personal computing anecdote that you can distill into 200 words or less, then you could win a full conference pass, including tutorials, to the upcoming Mac OS X Conference in Santa Clara, CA. We’ll also award two runner-up day passes for honorable mention. The rules are simple:
- You must be the subject of the anecdote. The embarrassing moment had to happen to you.
- Your anecdote can be no longer than 200 words. So some writing skill is needed control the length.
- The story can be Mac, PC, or Linux related, but the central theme must be embarrassing moments with computers.
- Keep it clean. If the embarrassing moment involves things such as bodily functions, then find a way to make your point and not disgust the viewing audience. Entries deemed “over the top” by me will be pulled from the site and will be ineligible for prizes. If you want a pre-ruling on a particular story, then send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org for a no-penalty evaluation.
- Post your anecdote as a talkback at the end of this weblog. Please do not post questions or other non-entries. Send questions to me directly. The talkbacks should consist only of contest entries.
- Only one entry per person.
- The deadline for entries is Wednesday evening, Sept. 18, at 5 pm PST.
- All decisions by the judges here at O’Reilly are final.
I’ll post the winners on Friday, Sept. 20th. They will receive instructions via email on how to sign up for their free admission to the Mac OS X Conference.
The point of this contest is to have fun and to tell good stories. Please participate in the spirit of the event. And good luck!
– Derrick Story
Post your 200-word or less computer-related embarrassing anecdote here.