TheMacGuy is Barry Levine. I've been an El Paso resident since 1985 and a Macintosh user since 1986. I worked in manufacturing for 17 years in sales, product development and, finally, information technology and software development. In 1996, I designed the structure, procedures, and reports used for Connected Accounting's Manufacturing module and was CIO for MFI Int'l, Inc. from 1987 through 1996.
Since 1986, I've been a member and, often, an officer in the El Paso Macintosh User Group, a non-profit, 501c3 organization providing assistance to novice Mac users. As many Apple products aren’t necessarily Macs but iOS devices, EPMUG has become the El Paso Apple User Group (EPAUG). You may join EPAUG here.
Since 1991, I've been TheMacGuy for the El Paso area providing technical support, upgrades, system engineering services, and contract programming and database design.
In 1996, I joined Educational Management Group in a technical support role providing distance learning to many of El Paso's schools.
In 1997, I joined SchoolVision of Texas and, for the next three years, was Apple's El Paso and southern New Mexico representative for K-12 Educational Sales and Support.
In 2000, I was recruited by Apple and became the Apple Account Executive for K-12 Education in Regions 18 and 19 in West Texas.
At the end of 2001, I left Apple to concentrate on developing my own business. TheMacGuy, a part time consultancy throughout the 1990's, became my dedication.
In November, 2003, I earned my B.S. (with honors) in Information Technology from University of Phoenix. In October, 2005, I earned my M.A. (with honors) in Computer Resources & Information Technology from Webster University.
I became an adjunct professor at El Paso Community College in January, 2006,teaching BCIS1305 (Business Applications) and COSC1301 (Intro to Computers and IT). I retired from EPCC in December, 2015. In 2006 I also began teaching Graduate classes in Information Management and Information Security at Webster University's Ft. Bliss Campus. I retired from Webster the summer of 2017.
I now teach in the OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) program at UTEP. OLLI is a great (and inexpensive) continuing education program for seniors! Want to learn how computer software works and how to write simple programs? Enroll in my "PB&J" class ("If you can make a peanut butter & jelly sandwich, you can program a computer!").
I provide technical support, data recovery and repairs/upgrades of Macs & PCs (post-warranty), backup solutions, network & server setup and, generally, support for most things Apple...and, yes, I do Windows, too.