Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

18 Jul 2002, 23:20 p.m.

When I worked at tech companies, I made lots of…

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2002 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

When I worked at tech companies, I made lots of money, but my job was boring and monotonous, and I stared at screens instead of talking with people. At my new job, I get to perform varied, sometimes challenging tasks that actually help people fulfill their needs and desires, but I don't make as much money.

At my old jobs, I signed Non-Disclosure Agreements and received a nametag/badge that let me into the building. At my new job, I signed no NDA, and I get into the building by knocking on the door and waving to a supervisor. I wear no nametag (as They Might Be Giants put it, you can't tell the staff from the customers ("Man It's So Loud In Here")).

At a few tech jobs, I commuted two hours each way via some combination of bus, BART, and ACE train. My new job is perhaps a ten-minute bike ride from my home.

At my old jobs, I spent way too much time checking my e-mail at my personal computer terminal. At my new job, I don't have access to e-mail as I work, nor do I want it. I'm busy enough without it.

I'm sure I'll come up with more useful analysis later, à la Porn Clerk Stories. In the meantime, the classic stand-up comedy questions have been answered!