Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

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Work

12 May 2013, 9:49 a.m.

Tips for New Summer Interns

Three tips to help new Google Summer of Code applicants and interns, some of which all remote workers could stand to remember: Never let yourself get stuck on a technical question or problem for more …

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31 Mar 2013, 9:17 a.m.

Open Tech New York City

Yesterday I delivered a reasonably well-received talk at Open Tech NYC in which I introduced the crowd to their New York open tech neighbors. That is, I explained the four freedoms that define what make …

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06 Feb 2013, 18:47 p.m.

What Systems Administrators Do

I hope you'll read two blog entries I just wrote, whether you consider yourself a "techie" or not. They're meant to explain why the recent Wikimedia data center migration was difficult and took a long …

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01 Dec 2012, 10:35 a.m.

We Are Hiring - You Too?

Wikimedia Foundation is hiring, a lot. We need your help to: help more poor people access Wikipedia for free via SMS (mobile engineer) get from deploying every two weeks to continuous integration, so everyone benefits …

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30 Nov 2012, 16:54 p.m.

I Am A Software Developer

I arrived in San Francisco yesterday in just enough time to speed to Wikimedia Foundation headquarters and present: Watch, live, via screensharing as a developer fixes a bug, including investigation, git commit, getting it reviewed …

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09 Nov 2012, 7:36 a.m.

Mission

I decided to transcribe the speech in which newly reelected US President Barack Obama thanks his campaign staff and reflects on his own experience as a community organizer. I hope this helps nonnative English speakers …

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04 Nov 2012, 9:38 a.m.

Use Case

Why is open data important? Here's an example from the Wikimedia chapter in Hungary. For context: every year people all over the world participate in the "Wiki Loves Monuments" contest, taking photos of monuments and …

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29 Oct 2012, 14:53 p.m.

Leonard And I Will Match Ten Thousand Dollars Of Your Ada Initiative Donations

Leonard and I met because of the open source movement. We owe our livelihoods to open source, and its values -- inclusiveness, compassion, empowerment, equal and fair treatment for all -- help make us who …

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13 Oct 2012, 10:30 a.m.

Management Secrets of Ancient Rome

Leonard is listening to the History of Rome podcast and tells me the best bits. Lessons include: An emperor is a single point of failure. Be proactive about answering your mail (paging Caracalla). If the …

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28 Sep 2012, 10:01 a.m.

Sometimes An Unconference Is The Wrong Choice

Now that I'm something of an expert on it, I have Opinions on how to structure a workshop or collaboration event for newbies. Summary of my answer: define your goals very clearly and specifically skip …

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