Deborah Shadovitz' Resume
Specialties: Macintosh computer use; using email and web; word processing; writing just about anything
Location: Los Angeles, California; available to travel
If you're interested in hiring me, you can click to write to Deb-at-Shadovitz-dot-com
Available for: writing (tech and general publications, corporate writing), speaking (in person or on the radio), training/teaching, or as a guest expert.
Once in a while, I've been called upon for a quote in a publication. This has included the LA Times and LA Daily News. You can see these on this page.
- Computer Talk Radio, syndicated radio, Guest Apple/Mac Expert
I join computer expert Benjamin Rockwell as his Mac expert and more. Appearing on a regular basis, my topics include:
Apple Inc's devices, Web, the convergence of the web and home entertainment systems, ecology-smart devices and methods. You can learn all about ComputerTalkRadio at ComputerTalkRadio.com where you will find show notes for the entire synicated radio show. You can also see my own radio segment summaries here on my own website.
- Jeff Levy on Computers, Guest Apple/Mac Expert
(formerly Computer News with Jeff Levy, KNX 1070am)
I have been a regular guest of the longest running computer personality in Southern California.
- 3-31-07: Listen to Deborah Shadovitz talk about playing Windows Media files on the Mac. (4mgs, 4 1/2 minutes. Jeff's call is edited. My words are not.)
- 7-28-07: Hear Deborah Shadovitz talk about the Apple iPhone 1 month after launch. (1.5mgs, 10 min. You get the gist of the full show but all other segments are edited.)
- 9-1-07: Listen to Deborah Shadovitz speaking about the first 802.11n solution for PowerMacs and the first Intel Core Duos.
(2mgs, 9 min. Some parts are edited, not mine.)
- Computer Wars — KSL News Radio — March - May, 2007
Each Friday night Michael Castner hosted as PC expert extraordinaire, Jeff Levy, and I discussed how you go about tasks on the Mac vs the PC.
A few of those segments:
- Valley Life magazine
In 2009 I did a stint as the Editor, or Editor-in-Chief and author. Stepping in, I actually came up with, assigned and edited; researched and wrote an entire issue of content in less than one month. My own features include: an article about Chelsy Swenson, local motocross dynamo; a feature on the Kern River Valley and white water rafting; and an interview with Amy Brenneman.
This link leads to this issue in the online viewer.
Click the button on the page to download the 11.4MB PDF.
Or right/control-click this link and choose to download.
Note: I did not create that website and do not do the magazine layout.
[Funny: When I interviewed for this position, the publisher realized he had my GoLive Bible on his shelf.]
- Valley Life magazine - contributing writer
- Beau Bridges, profile - Jan/Feb 2008
- A Weekend in Laguna Beach - Sept/Oct 2007
My first non-computer writing since 1989, this is a return to travel writing.
(I wrote about visiting NYC and world travel back in the late '80s.)
I actually did a lot more writing for this publication. Photography, too.
Writing About Mac & Web (Only 1993 - present shown here)
- MacNN.com - since 2010
- Review: Adobe Dreamweaver CS5
- Review of Dreamweaver CS5.5, coming
- MacCreate.com - since March 2009
Several lessons under Pages, and some under iWeb and Others (However my byline is not on them at this time so please see the links to them my author page.)
- Macworld magazine
Mac|Life magazine (formerly MacAddict), Contributing Editor, contributing since March 2002
~Learn: The Ins and Outs of RAM - January 2008
- MacAddict magazine, Contributing Editor, since March 2002
partial listing of articles
~Sync Your Mac! - December 2005
~4th Annual Geek Quiz, (ToC) 26-31 - September 2005
~46 Bugs (and How to Squash Them), (ToC) p16-27 - August 2005
~Get Info column commentary, User Groups - October 2004
~Unlock iLife feature (ToC online) - May 2004
~Panther: Worth Every Penny (ToC online)- Jan 2004
~Be Prepared: Disk Utilities Explained (ToC online) - March 2003
~The Truth, Mac vs PC (ToC online) - December 2002
~Review of ThinkFree Office - November 2002
~Software on The Cheap (Cover online) - September 2002
- Layers magazine, Columnist covering GoLive - Tutorial and Tips
Premiere issue (chose to resign from this columnist position)
- SBS Digital Design magazine
~Roll Call, Digital Portfolios - Oct 2004
- O'Reilly Network, GoLive features, since March 2002
~Link Management with Adobe GoLive, 7/12/2002
~Converting Your Site To GoLive, 8/23/02
~Converting Your Site to GoLive, Part 2, 9/17/02
- Mac Design magazine, Columnist covering GoLive How-to,
Tips, Q&A, From second issue until the end - January 2001 - April 2005
~Assortment onlineSome of my portfolio
Binders = ComputerUser articles
- The Complete Reference, Internet, 2nd edition, 2002
(Contributed the GoLive section)
- Adobe Acrobat 5 Master Class book, 2003
(Contributed the GoLive section)
- Adobe GoLive 5 Bible, December 2000 (Award-winning)
Author of this 1200 page book, some special contributors
- MacCentral.com, Mac Efficiency 101 column, Nov 1998 - March 2001
These columns are now at MacEfficiency.com
- Contributor to iMac: I Didn't Know You Could Do That, 2000
(Contributed AppleWorks info.)
- ComputerUser, Contributing Editor, June 1998 - Dec 2000
One article per month. Some examples:
~ClarisWorks vs Office - July 1998
~A Few Good Utilities - August 1998
~Holiday Gift Ideas - November 1998
~Backing up’s not hard to do - December 1998
~Getting the most out of any software - Oct 1999
~From digital daze to digital days: selecting a digital camera - Jan 1999
~Mac will take you where you want to go today - March 1999
- AppleWorks For Dummies, Coauthored, April 1999
- NewMedia magazine, feature writer, 1999
- Macworld Office 98 Bible (Award-winner) , Coauthored, June 1998
- ClarisWorks Office For Dummies, Coauthored, Nov 1997
- Chapter contributor: My iMac Book by Andy Gore et al, April 1999 & 2000
- NetProfessional: Feature writer, 1997
- MacHome Journal: features & graphics, 1996
- On Guard Administrator's Guide: Originated idea for this app, wrote manual.
- MacDigest: Several product/book reviews over a two year period.
- Lessons and user guides for clients
- Writer/Editor, Lakeshore Learning Materials: Carson, CA Freelance, 9/93-12/93
Assistant editor, illustration instruction & author of teachers materials.
- MacRadio — The Mac Night Owl LIVE: The Night of Panther
- Various seminars at Macworld Expo east and west for several years.
- Macworld Live, broadcast from Expo show floor, January 1998 - July 2001 (event ended)
- Various seminars at the annual MacFair LA 1995 - 1998
- User Group presentations in various locations, covering many topics
- Computer Radio - KSKA FM 91.1 in Anchorage, July 1999
- Other radio shows local to LA as well
- World Without Borders chats, multiple "appearances"
Other Macintosh Related Positions
Computer Solutions Coach, Since 1994
Recommend equipment and software and MacOS solutions for businesses and individuals. Train users in proper, creative, efficient use of equipment and programs. Create forms, databases, mailings and other tools. Here's a list of partial list of past and present clients:
- Universal Studios: many divisions, training in basic Mac, FileMaker, Word, and Excel
- Wells Fargo: training in basic Mac and Word
- FedEx: Two FileMaker databases including a National Sales Database
- FatBurger: databases in AppleWorks
- a Santa Monica Blvd bookstore: sales and customer database (still in use since 1994)
- Khera - clothing design: all facets of Mac support
- Magic Bob Weiss: website design and maintenance. I created this site 1997-1999. Interestingly, this does so well for Magic Bob that he doesn't want the updated design I offered him.
- Digital Media Marketing Organization (DMMO): website design, writing and maintenance
- Divorce: the musical website
- MacGathering event, website with online registration. This is my own event. I created the event, the logo, the press releases, the FileMaker Pro databases, and the website.
- Full Fashions For Less, retail clothing website (no longer up as the owner passed away)
- San Gabriel Macintosh User Group website (now done by someone else as a blog)
- David W. Streets ~ Fine Art Gallery & Contemporary Art & Photography Gallery on Santa Monica Blvd in Beverly Hills. Updated David's initial design July 2009 to make the site work better for him on the web.
- Barbara Lazaroff - the woman who designed Spago and a bunch of other brilliantly designed restaurants. This siteis for her to share her designs, discoveries, and philanthropy.
- LA Scriptworks, a website for a service to help screenplay and teleplay authors. If you write you have to see the greatness behind this.
Project Coordinator, United Jewish Appeal/Western Region
Originated and produced Great Ideas, a creative exchange to decrease redundancy and increase creative efficiency for 29 Federations.
Designed format and materials.
Handled all production.
Macintosh Instructor, Signal Hill Elementary School
Created unique family-oriented program to make the Mac a comfortable tool for parents.
Used ClarisWorks to introduce business skills; incorporated English literacy and more
- Palm Evangelist, June-September 2003
I regularly visited Staples, Best Buy, Office Depot and Office Max as the Palm Expert to help customers learn about the various Palm Handheld devices. Placed signs in each store to let them know when I’d be there. Often arrived to find customers waiting. Wrote custom tutorials to show and teach the Macintosh user's experience with the PalmOS, posting them on this website to help potential clients and fellow program participants.
- Computer sales, SOS Computers, LA
Specialized in broadcasting & graphics. Loved and sold many Amiga computers due to their excellent ability to suit broadcasting needs. Sold the Apple IIgs to home users. Sold DOS clones, and then Macintosh computers once I realized their power.
- Computer sales, Inacomp Computers, Costa Mesa
Sold Macintosh, IBM, and Compaq computers, depending upon the customers’ primary needs. Acquired vaious certifications.
- Authoring, Editing, & Layout, Lakeshore Learning Materials, R&D Dept
Edited teacher's guides to ensure teachers could follow the projects with their own students.
Contributed ideas, features, and activitie to various projects.
Wrote guides on my own.
- Substitute Teacher
Obtained at California certification (CBEST) to teach as a sub in various school districts in the Long Beach and Orange County areas. Taught all subjects and levels of public schools from kindergarten to high school psychology, specializing in art, English, and computers; was a Preferred Sub at several schools.
My favorite teaching tool were photos of my world travels. I used them to engage children to show them how the things they were learning, such as fractions, really will matter in the real world. The photos and discussions also showed them a world existed outside of their closed world and that they were welcome in it and could seek it. Happily, parents and staff told me they felt I really did help change some lives for the better.
- Software Instructor/Demonstrator, Prodigy Services — before the web
Before the web came along and before the internet was public, Prodigy was a brilliant addition to our lives. With it, we could email to friends around the world, share files, and learn. While selling computers at Inacomp, I disovered and loved Prodigy. Their rep liked how I showed it to customers and asked me to come work for them. I showed it to customers who came into various Orange County, CA and New York and New Jersey stores and in special seminars as well. I introduced the concept, explained how it worked, and familiarized people with Prodigy's features, not necessarily in that order.
- Program Coordinator, Syosset High School
Developed and implemented daily programs as alternative to subs.
Researched and arranged unique events and speakers.
Facilitated internships and externships.
Taught students to handle responsibilities.
- Public Relations Specialist, UJA-Federation of New York, NYC
Helped create thematic events, awards, educational programs.
Created/produced audio, video, audio-visual programs.
Set up some of these shows and other visual exhibits at the locations of events.
Scheduled and maintained equipment. Redesigned libraries, scheduling, and payment systems.
Designed recording studio.
- Department Manager, A&S Department Stores, Manhasset, NY
(Managed the Santa Claus photo studio.)
- Department store clerk and cashier, Fortunoff, Westbury, NY
- Engineer, CBS affiliate WFSB-TV, Hartford, CT
I was pretty much just out of college, working as a summer relief engineer.
As the "first" female engineer the "men" sabotaged me more than daily, but I persevered.
When asked to stay on permanently, I turned the job down to work in NYC.
The summer was quite an education though.
- Various freelance video production positions in New York City
(Most interesting moment: stage managing Phil Donahue for a NAPTE event.)
- Printed circuit board assembly, summer job, Melville, NY
- Various summer jobs working on assembly lines, in shipping, and doing secretarial and switchboard, NY
Most Unique Life Experience
Traveled much of the world for 3 years. Stayed with families. Visited schools, TV stations, and businesses. Wrote travel articles and did slide presentations. I even drew up a business plan for a Turkish boat owner/captian - on a napkin.
Prior to this, I did some other travelling such as a month in Israel/Egypt and another trip to Europe.)
You can see my entire travel section — Intro, Resources and Photos — via the menus on the left.
Syosset High School, Syosset, NY — Regents Diploma, honors in Art and English
A note: I actually "majored" in Art and Engish started at age 12 in 7th grade. My Jr High provided opportunity for a "Three Year Sequence" from grades 7-9, enabling us to select studies of desired focus. Art, as it turned out, included film and video.
A 9th grade school newspaper article won a 1st-place rating from the Columbia Press Association competition, and was published nationally as best example.
In High School, my book report on "The Ransom of Red Chief" was, instead, a newspaper article.
Studying The Crucible, a dramatization landed me a sentence to be "hung from the goalposts of our football field at high noon." Happily we ended our trail with the sentencing.
State University of New York, College at Oswego — BA: Communication Studies major, TV and Radio and an A/V minor
Worked on both the state TV productions and the student TV station.