Hi. I'm Deborah Shadovitz. Friends, clients, fellow travelers, and readers call me Deb.
If you're interested in my travels, read my blog, Tales Of Travel And Tech
Friends always teased, "Deb's out to change the world" and I am.
I share tech skills — particularly Macintosh and web — to help people achieve by making computers easy for people. I write about great experiences you can have, family activities, things that make lives better.
I'm a writer or author, speaker, instructor, consultant, and radio person — specializing in Macintosh, Internet, Web design/use/UI, and travel. I've even produced Macintosh events in LA and during Macworld — and produced my own Macintosh expo!
Note to Travel Editors and Travel Publicists
In my 20s I spent 3 years living out of a backpack, traveling the world solo because it gave me the opportunity to learn about other people's lives and cultures. In 2012 I backpacked Central America — parts of Yucatan, Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama — living out of a backpack/single bag again for a year. However, this time I traveled with tech and continued to work as I did. Then I lived in various parts of Los Angeles and Austin Texa before heading out again. The past months I was in the Balkan and Baltic areas. Now I am in Israel, and then I'll be off to wherever else the adventure leads. This time I get to visit old friends from my '80s trip, too.
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When I first travelled like this we didn't have pagers, cell phones, and personal computers. Then I lived in Central America with its tech and lack thereof. Now I'm in other parts of the world. I discuss the tech I adopt and/or discover on Computer Talk Radio weekly — and can write about or report about this experiece for you as well.
And now, some of what I do....
Radio & Public Speaking:
- You can hear me on the air weekly on Computer Talk Radio if you're in one of our markets. It's a nationally syndicated radio program with computer nerd Benjamin Rockwell. (Some more about my Computer Talk Radio segments here. The show is also typically online at ComputerTalkRadio.com/show-notes.)
- I've been speaking to groups about the Mac, websites, internet use and more for many years as well. If you need a dynamic speaker for any of these topics, lets talk, especially now as I am already traveling.
- I was a Mac expert on Jeff Levy's Computer show. I also helped with segment ideas behind the scenes.
You can hear some of my radio segments on my speaker page.
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Editor-In-Chief and Web Designer:
I did a stint as a magazine editor (Editor-in-Chief/Assigment Editor/Author) for a Southern California-based magazine for a while in '09. It was fun, but those who saw how much I put into each article and how much info I imparted, lamented that it had both a short reach and short shelf life, so I designed LosAngelesAreaLife.com.
My columnists, contributors, and I write about all sorts of things that tie into life in the greater Los Angeles area: entertainment, get-aways, dining, entertaining, home improvement, home design, home tech, gifts, golf, gaming, fashion, and more.
Note: I've had this project on hold for a while as I work on other things but the articles here are still great for folks visiting So Cal.
Web Design and Web site Authoring:
A website isn't much help if the right people can't find it or if visitors can't quickly see what your site offers them. Frankly, I'm rather unique in that I can design a clear user interface, write clean SEO-effective code, write copy that's right for a website as opposed to any other medium, and format the pages for the best search results. If you already have a site, you can still benefit from the expertise I provide.People do find that my tweaks brought their sites into top positions for relevant searchs.
Because of my web expertise, I have been writing reveiws of web software. I write about other Macintosh software as well. I link to some of my Macworld magazine reviews on my author page. I'm available to write about just about anything, as long as it's a legitimate issue or product. If you need a great writer, let's talk.
After years of writing only about Mac and Web, I went back to a bit of travel and other writing. This is the magazine for which I did a stint as Editor in 2009. My first issues and articles:
- June/July 2009: travel and adventure with white water rafting on CA's Kern River, motocross dynamo Chelsy Swenson, and an interview with Amy Brenneman. (This links to the June/July issue PDF as long as the publication's site remains active.)
- August/Sept 2009: Travel and sports at Big Bear Lake; Tim Petros about VR; In-Three's ground-breaking 3-D. (PDF)
- Mac Mingle (originally Party For The People) my Macworld Expo party. I broke the mold by creating the first free, open to all badge-holders party. People thought I was crazy when I created this party but I had faith in my fellow Mac users. The party turned out to be a huge success. (I am no longer producing this party but, happily for the Macintosh community, others copied the idea.)
- MacDayLA a one-day Mac event (on hold due to the price of gas in LA and my travels).
- The MacGathering a full-fledged Apple/Macintosh event. Custom-designed top-notch seminars & classes, plus unique social happenings. However, I put this Mac event on hold due to the economy/price of gas, and now my travels.
Next Speaking Gigs:
Computer Talk Radio, Syndicated
Info at ComputerTalkRadio.com.
Podcast version can be heard by clicking a link to the right of any show note.
My Speaking schedule page.
How do contact me (updated June '14):
I no longer have a landline.
I gave up my old AT&T cell number due to roaming fees.
- Send me an email — deb at this domain.
I am not always online and wi-fi or data is not everywhere, so be patient.
- Use WhatsApp.
You will see me on it if you have my Google Voice # in your address book.
WhatsApp works on both wi-fi and cellular data.
It enables us to text for free and across counties, without having a cell phone number. (It also sends voice notes, photos, video and does group chats.)
It is for iPhone, BlackBerry, Nokia, Android, and Windows Phone.
(You will see people you know and be able to chat with them if your address book contains the phone number they register with WhatsApp.)
Note: it is now owned by facebook so don't send very personal info with it.
- Call my Google Voice mail.
If you know my GV#, just dial it.
Click this icon (Flash required).
Enter your name and phone #. The system will then call you.
Speaking very clearly, leave me a detailed message, but this is Google so don't get too personal please.
Be sure to leave your # and email address.
When online, I'll see your words as text and can listen to your message. If you don't leave a message I will not call you back.
When possible, this forwards to my current cell phone.
- Vonaage Mobile App — If you have it too, you can call me app to app for free - just like talking on your phone. Again, this uses my GoogleVoice #. (If I use it to call your regular phone, it just looks like I am calling from a regular phone.)
- Skype: DSShadovitz — but clearly identify yourself in your request.
- Last trip I also used Voxer but I'm not sure I'll use it again, just because I have too many methods at once.
So what can you do on this website?
- Get to know me through the Deborah and Travel menus on the left.
- Contact me to write about travel, whether luxury or budget. I have stayed at and written about the Ritz Carlton in Laguna Beach, visited mountain lodges and written about traveling to and staying at them, and also have a unique backpack travel perspective. Not many American women travel the world alone — as I did for 3 years in the pre-email years — and now travel again.
- Learn about me as a speaker. I can talk about many things tech including what comprises a great website, teach at your event, or help your company with Mac or word processing efficiency.
- Invite me to write about computer use.
I write about aspects of computer use making it understandable in ways that most people don't. People say reading my books/articles is like having me standing over their shoulder explaining it.
- Invite me to write about something else.
I'm flexible and I'll be honest about whether I can do a great job for you.
- Contact me as an expert for your news piece or feature.
The Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Daily News have. I've also been mentioned in Women's Day magazine. See the places I have been quoted.
- Developers — contact me to check out or comment about your product.
Many vendors have benefitted from my UI reviews. I also write or advise on manuals.
- Expand your Macintosh computer knowledge.
- Learn about world travel or about visiting LA.
I'm proud that my brother, David Shadovitz, is co-developer of Exam Professor, an online exam application that won the prestigous Adobe Site of the Day award a while back.
If you need an online quiz or test, check it out!
Looking for my brother, David Shadovitz, the ColdFusion software engineer and bicycle mechanic?
You can reach him via this link.
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Chances are, he/she is a relative,
so send me a note to forward.
Thanks for visiting
~ Deborah ("Deb")