Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder


22 Apr 2007, 10:16 a.m.

Straw Men

Did I ever tell you about the striped straw experiment and deciding to be happy? From a column I wrote about a year ago: ...straw fortune-telling, or bendymancy. For breakfast every school morning, I had …

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21 Apr 2007, 12:14 p.m.

Between Transparency And The Paywall

You are important. You are worthwhile. Your time and effort have value. Right now, a very good way to indicate and articulate and leverage your value is by making sure you get money in return. …

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17 Apr 2007, 10:34 a.m.

Riddle Me This

I work in a software firm. I am the only person there, except the office manager, who is not a born-and-bred computer geek. They play video games all the time. Yet I'm the only one …

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03 Apr 2007, 12:17 p.m.

Anatomy And Andragogy

Yesterday, I sat down over coffee with the Fog Creek system administrator and learned how a specific piece of our network architecture works. As he talked and I asked questions and tried saying things in …

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08 Feb 2007, 8:12 a.m.


Just got off the column for this Sunday. Something I had to leave out: Mike Daisey wrote about his time at Amazon in his book 21 Dog Years (based on his monologue) and talked about …

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03 Feb 2007, 20:11 p.m.

To Optimize Response Speed On MySQL, Follow These Instructions

Just watched Jay Pipes's 45-minute Google TechTalk, "Performance Tuning Best Practices for MySQL". A few points I took to heart: Even if you're using InnoDB for all your tables, MySQL is still using MyISAM for …

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28 Nov 2006, 16:04 p.m.

Tech Concerns Great And Small

David Stutz's essay on commoditization, software platforms, and the law of "the conservation of attractive profits" reminds me: software is profitable when it is flawed. This is because flawed software allows you to charge for …

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01 Nov 2006, 10:30 a.m.

Decision Theories

Avoiding Projects Pursued By Morons 101: There is much made by people who long for the days of their fourth form debating society about the fallacy of "argumentum ad hominem". There is, as I have …

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10 Aug 2006, 15:54 p.m.

In The Application Of My Seat To A Yoga Mat

Once upon a time, my brother-in-law-in-law wrote a bit about working out, Daylight Savings Time, doing stuff alone, and same-sex marriage. John's an interesting guy, and I find all of those topics worth exploring, but …

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30 Jul 2006, 20:30 p.m.

Marissa Mayer & I Both Use Pine

Over the past week I've been to three different tech-related meetsup. I went to an EFF-NYC group, I helped host the Fog Creek open house, and I visited the Joel On Software discussion forum meetup …

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