Elisabeth Greenbaum Kasson

Elisabeth Greenbaum Kasson is a Los Angeles based writer whose work has appeared in the LA Times, Los Angeles magazine, Documentary magazine, Movie City News, and more. Her stories have covered the gamut from IT and healthcare to music and culture.

Global Games: Culturalize, Not Localize

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While a lot of attention is paid to localization in game creation, many American developers don’t consider another important – some would say critical – aspect of design: culturalization. If you’re seeking to rapidly distribute titles in an era where everything is global, you can’t afford to ignore the challenges related to the way players from different regions and cultures will respond to your product. By not adapting to the multicultural marketplace, you run the risk of leaving money on… continue…

How to Get a Job at Travel Site Tripobox

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Having just launched the beta-version of its collaborative travel marketplace, which is designed to simplify the planning of group trips from early research to completed payments, Tripobox is seeking a few good developers. While Tripobox’s IT team is currently based in Barcelona, it’s working to build a core team in its Sunnyvale office, as well, with hiring expected to be completed by the end of the year. The company’s innovative online platform facilitates social interaction among fellow travelers, as well… continue…

The Disappearing Women of IT

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It’s no news flash that women are an endangered species in IT. While we make up 57 percent of the workforce at large, we only represent 25 percent of professional computing occupations — and that number is dropping. Where Did the Women Go? The National Center for Women & Information Technology’s statistical publication By the Numbers sounds alarm bells. In 1985, it says, women made up 37 percent of graduates with degrees in Computer Science. That’s not exactly parity, but… continue…

Using Tech Expertise to Give Back

Posted In Living in Tech
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We were intrigued when we got an email from Jerry Robbins. He’s a 35-year-old Kansan who’s currently looking for work, but he’s not the sort to sit around and wait for the phone to ring. His commitment to his family and community keeps him busy: He provides creative input and technical support to his parents’ two small businesses and volunteers at CLEAR, Johnson Community College’s program for disabled students. Initially, Jerry was teaching basic computer skills and providing technical support… continue…

Cool Skin: An Internet Pioneer’s World in Ink

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Ted Beatie’s tech career started over 20 years ago when he entered the workforce as a sys admin for an imaging research lab in Boston. In 1995, he moved to UUNET, where he was propelled toward IP networking and systems integration on the leading wave of the Internet. At the time, the U.S. backbone map fit onto an 8×11 piece of paper and had few redundant T1s. By the time he left five years later, that map required a four… continue…

How to Get Hired by Comcast

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The global media and technology company Comcast Corporation is the largest cable operator in the U.S., as well as one of the biggest mass media, home Internet service and telephone service providers. The company has over 129,000 employees with 5000+ IT employees based all across the country, with IT hubs in Philadelphia, Denver, Washington, D.C., and several locations throughout California. By being at the intersection of media and technology, nearly all of the company’s employees have some connection to IT.… continue…

Tech Interns: Where You Can Make the Most Money

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If you’re a college student, don’t underestimate the importance of internships, even if graduation is years away. They remain one of the best ways to increase your chances of getting the kind of employment you want once you hit the job market. The myths about interns doing nothing but fetching coffee and making copies don’t apply so much to IT professionals, and the benefits are deep and long lasting. Not only will you come away with substantive work experience, your… continue…

How to Land a Job at Zillow

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Zillow, the online home and real estate marketplace, features an active database of more than 110 million U.S. homes with a range of data points for each listing, all accessible to homeowners, home buyers, sellers, renters, real estate agents, mortgage professionals, landlords and property managers. The company describes itself as “agile, with a start-up vibe.” With hundreds of thousands of users per engineer, developers have a real impact here. The company has nearly 680 employees and its tech organization —… continue…

4 Reasons You Don’t Want to Develop Games

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Are you an avid gamer? Do you think you have what it takes to work in games? Or better yet, Do you even know what it takes to work in games? You may think producing games would be a blast, fitting right in with your addiction. But the truth is, you may be better off sticking to the joystick. Creating games, after all, is a job and much like any other job it comes with a lot of drawbacks —… continue…

Is Nuclear Power the Fix to Global Warming?

Posted In Living in Tech
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While President Obama has put climate change back on the national agenda, the likelihood of significant action is low. Earth continues its resolute march toward global warming, the results of which continue to be born out in every storm, drought and species die-off. A chorus of experts has offered up everything from energy credits, carbon caps, taxes and social engineering to address the crisis, but so far we’ve only continued to shove our heads further into the increasingly hot sand.… continue…