Who is TheMacGuy? What's this free software?

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). UPDATE: As of 2020, EPAUG is not longer operating. We had plenty of "greybeards" (wizards) but not enough novices who needed help. 

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 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.

As well, I do Android. I abandoned Apple's iOS devices some years ago and prefer to use Android phones and tablets as they are considerably less expensive and work just fine, IMHO.

Here's my Trim Tools apps. What are these apps? Solid State Drives (SSDs) work in a different manner than traditional spinning hard drives. Sure, they're lots faster but, when you empty the trash and want to write something new to that drive location, the SSD must first "zero out" the data residing in that area (rather than simply overwriting it like spinning HDs). So SSDs do what's called "Garbage Collection" when you're not actually working with the machine. TRIM adds a somewhat faster and more efficient process to speed up the "zero-ing" process and help it work with less wear on the SSDs chips. If you own a Mac that came with an Apple-supplied SSD, TRIM is already enabled. If, however, you replaced a spinning HD with a third-party SSD, you'll need to enable TRIM yourself. And that's where my tools come into play. The Trim Tools collection is free. There's a fairly extensive "Read me" included in the "zip" file along with the three apps. Enjoy. (Catalina users will probably see a warning that my apps won't work because of the increased security in Catalina that requires "signed" apps; I'm not willing to pay Apple for the privilege of signing my apps.)