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 it's true.
I share Macintosh and Web skills— making computers easy for people so they can achieve their own betterments. (Mac since 1989, web since the web started.)
I open the possibilities of world travel to people — because true travel connects you to the world spiritually and intellectually in ways that nothing else can! I particullary love helping women over 40 go traveling.
Always a writer and communicator personally and professionally, Deborah left NYC and became a solo world traveller for 3 years turning 30 in Hong Kong in the time before pagers. As she traveled and upon return she did a bit of professional travel writing. Soon after her return to the USA, Deborah became one of the world renowned Macintosh and then Web writers/speakers. After many years of this, Deborah started moving away from tech, moving back into travel and into other lifestyle pieces. Then her world opened back up for full-time travel. She has been living travel since 2011, able to work from wherever she is, living wherever she wants, wherever a writing opportunity presents itself.
In my 20s, I traveled the world solo for 3 years, living out of a backpack learning about other people's lives and cultures.
In 2011, I donned my backback and took up solo traveling again. Unlike Travel Hackers or most travel bloggers, I don't count countries; I count experiences. Actually, I don't count. I live. I experience. I share with those who share with me.
Central America from the Yucatan to Panama — very little "ground" to cover in an entire year. Bits of Eastern Europe. The coast of the Adriatic Sea (former Yugoslavia). Israel. Through it all, I continued my writing and website work for my clients.
I've travelled before personal tech and with tech or lack thereof. In fact, I discussed the tech on Computer Talk Radio weekly.
Recent Speaking Gigs
January 30, 2017
Websites for Writers
For IWOSC in Culver City
Nov 19, 2016
Speed Mentoring: Publishing
Alliance for Women in Media, Southern California
CBS Studios Radford Lot awmsocal.org/publishing2016
June 11, 2016
Just in time for summer vaction travel...
Tips for traveling with technology
For SMOG in Orange Country
Computer Talk Radio,
Info at ComputerTalkRadio.com.
Podcast version can be heard by clicking a link to the right of any show note.
My Speaking schedule page.
Some of what I do....
I'm a writer/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!
Radio & Public Speaking:
- Computer Talk Radio — I'm on the air weekly on this nationally syndicated radio program with computer nerd Benjamin Rockwell. (Some more about my Computer Talk Radio segments here.) However, in December, I took a hiatus due to a 10 hour time difference and freezing overnight tempertures in Israel's high mountain area. I am not currently speaking on CTR.
- 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.
- For some years, I was a Mac expert on Jeff Levy's Computer show in Los Angelese and helped with segments behind the scenes. You can hear some of my radio segments on my speaker page.
- I speak about world travel, about issues of technology during travel, and about packing and preparing wisely.
If you want to be inspired to travel the world, I'm your person — and I am available for speaking engagements!
- Learn about me as a speaker.
“Thank you for coming to present to us. Everyone was very engaged and interested in what you shared. They're rarely so enthusiastic during a presentation. ~DK 2016
Please consider Kiva micro loans to helping hard working people who can use a leg up.
One loan becomes many because when it's repaid, you can loan it again and again.
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I love loaning to people in countries I visit or plan to visit.
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 design a clear user interface, format the pages for the best search results — and most importantly, write copy that's right for a website as opposed to any other medium. Whether you already have a site or are just starting one, you can still benefit from my expertise. More about my website work.
I have a long history of well-received books, newspaper and magazine columns and feature articles, and web-publised articles. I have written for every major Macintosh publication, been published in PC World, and been published in several countries outside of the USA as well.
After years of writing only about Mac and Web, I went back to a bit of travel and other writing. In 2009, I also did a sting as Editor of ValleyLife magazine.
My favorite focus these days is writing about travel. Please consider me if you're in need of a piece. I am always free to travel and i am confortable in any accomodation from a tent or hostel to a 5-Star hotel, in new hotels or on ancient ones, in almost any part of the world.
You can see some of this on my author page.
Macintosh Consulting & Training:
Teaching Mac, helping people with Mac and writing about it, go hand-in-hand for me. However, I'm not actively doing this any longer because I'd have to leave my clients when I travel. I did, however, help plenty of hosts, friends, and fellow travelers while on the road.
When Apple was going through it's most difficult times, both the LA Times and the LA Daily News contacted me as an expert to learn from and quote.
See those articles — and where I was quoted in Women's Day.
I am not currently producing events but these are a few of my creations.
- 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 was a huge success.
- MacDayLA a one-day Mac event
- The MacGathering a full-fledged Apple/Macintosh event. Custom-designed top-notch seminars & classes, plus unique social happenings.
How do contact me (updated June '16):
I gave up my landline in 2011 when I gave up having an apartment.
Soon after, I gave up my long-time AT&T cell number due to roaming fees. However, I made sure there was always some way for friends and clients to get in touch with me, no matter where I went. I am home in LA now, so a regular call does the trick but these methods are still great too!
Here's how to contact me:
- iMessage — if you're an Apple user. Unlike regular texting, Mac users from OS X 10.9 and up or iOS 6 or 7 on up can text for free — and the messages are encrypted. My email addresses are attached to my iMessage so you can text me for free no matter what country I am in. (I give my address right below.)
- Text me — only if you know my phone number and you and I are in the same country.
- Send me an email — deb at this domain.
Have old-fashioned patience with email as I'm in different time zones when out of the country, and don't check email often when I'm out around LA either.
- Use WhatsApp — for texts or calls, now encrypted per their website.
You will see me on it if you have my Google Voice # in your address book.
It enables us to text, send photos or video for free and across counties, even when I (or you) don't have an active cell phone number. WhatsApp also claimns to be end-to-end encryped. It also has WhatsApp to WhatsApp calling so we can speak with one another..
- Call or text my Google Voice mail.
I no longer have the call app here because it required Flash. But if you know my GV#, just dial it or text to it.
- When I'm in the USA, it will forward your calls to my US SIM.
- If not, it's Voice Mail-only and you'll hear me say to leave a message. Speaking very clearly, leave me a detailed message, but this is Google so don't get too personal. 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 because I get wrong callers seeking baby formula daily.
- 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 #.
(When I call you from it, I call your regular phone and you see my GV#)
- Viber — Another VOIP app, it lets us call app-to-app for free. If I use it to call you, you'll see my GoogleVoice #.
- Skype: DSShadovitz — but clearly identify yourself in your request. I also use Skype to call out to people in countries other than you the USA.
- Glide — for video talks. It works app-to-app. You'll also fnd me on this via my GV#. The great thing about Glide is taht you can leave a video message or I can hear you and pick up — and the video doesn't get stored on our phones killing important storage space.
- In Central America I also used Voxer but it's not in my regular bag of tricks now, just because I have too many methods at once.
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.
Looking for another Shadovitz?
Chances are, he/she is a relative,
so send me a note to forward.
Thanks for visiting
~ Deborah ("Deb")
PS: that's me in an Eskimo jacket when I came to Anchorage
as a book author and spoke at several venues.