Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

22 Dec 2007, 6:00 a.m.

A Three-Hour Terror

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2007 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 So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it!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.

Maybe someday I will be less nervous/anticipatory on the first day of school or a new job, or test days. Maybe someday my body won't wake me at an hour or three early with a twisty stomach. Not today, though!

In a few hours I "defend" the second chapter of my business plan/thesis using OpenOffice Impress slides (converted to PowerPoint in case the school's computers are willfully ignorant of open file formats), a spreadsheet (was a .ods, now a .xls), and my natural wit and guile. From now till then -- practice, and breakfast if my gut will allow it. Maybe baby food would work.


22 Dec 2007, 22:30 p.m.

Actually, it's fairly straightforward to use .pdf files for slides, and you have much more confidence that they'll come out right (.ppt all too frequently comes out all wrong). Not sure what you needed the spreadsheet for, so PDF mightn't have worked there.