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Jamillah Knowles | 13:35 UK time, Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Hi all!

This week on the Outriders podcast I found out more about the cartoon characters that accompany operating systems, explored in text and listened to other people's voicemail. All in a week's work.

First the world of the OS-Tans. An OS-Tan is a character usually drawn in the manga style that represents an operating system. A personification if you like.



Rumour had it that the Window's 7 release had it's own official character, Nanami Madobe but Microsoft Japan put me right. She's not official, but the Microsoft Silverlight character was indeed designed by the development team in order to raise awareness. Blogger and anime reporter for the website Forever Geek, Nopy, kindly explained the online fan art dedicated to our Chrome, Windows and Ubuntu systems.



Also this week, I had a chat with the trending site, One Hello World. The owner collects voicemail that is called in to his number online from around the world. He then sets these messages to music, creating a stunning atmospheric soundtrack to various strangers' lives.



Last but by no means least, Jason Scott, the man behind Textfiles and owner of cult internet cat Sockington, told me about his latest documentary 'Get Lamp'. The film explores the origins and development of text based gaming and brings to life those times when we were not so influenced by graphics but lost many hours trying to work out the puzzles designed by early games writers and coders.


This week we are still calling out for your favourites, so take a look back at our blog archives and I will do my best to round up interviews you may have missed or people you would like to hear from again at the end of the year.

You can email me at Outriders at bbc dot co dot uk, come and say hello on Twitter or join in on Facebook where you can find us by searching the site for Outriders.



Until next week!

~ Jamillah



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