Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder


06 Oct 2013, 12:00 p.m.

What They Don't Know

Or: you are an expert if you can save people time. Late in 2011, I found out that one of my colleagues, a whip-smart and infinitely organized administrator, wanted to know more about how the …

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28 Aug 2013, 13:05 p.m.

Accepted To Hacker School

If you've read my past posts on Geek Feminism, you've seen me thinking about how I learn. I have worked 15 years in the software industry as a tech writer/salesperson/tester/manager. And I have about 25 …

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21 Aug 2013, 10:45 a.m.

My Family And The Ada Initiative

Please join Leonard and me in donating to the Ada Initiative. Why? Let me tell you a story, and then a surprise. My parents came to the US from Karnataka, in south India, in the …

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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.


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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