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Macmaps is a consultancy founded out of my home that I, Abraham Brody have run since 1995. Initially named because of my focus on the Macintosh computers, and mapping and geographic information systems software, I have found clients in numerous fields sharing my approach to quality control of data, and its documentation.

With ISO 9001 training I document what is done, and ensure who I work with does what they want documented together with me.

My work has expanded into all computing platforms and has included engineering software such as AutoCAD Civil 3D, Carlsson, and MicroStation, and new remote sensing technologies such as LiDAR. I have also provided technical support to people installing hardware, burning home movies, Photoshop artwork, solving their networking computer issues, designing backup plans, cleaning up malware, and building music libraries. Currently based in Mashpee, Massachusetts, I see clients on the Massachusetts south shore & Cape Cod, and full time work extending to Boston. Below you will see two aspects of my business of GIS, CAD, and Database work and Computer Tech support. I have also included reviews of my work.

GIS, CAD, Database consultant & full time salaried work

Abraham Brody - I presently am offering both part time consultant work on Cape Cod and nearby, and salaried part time and full time work in Boston, and Southeast Massachusetts. I am looking for salaried employment using my skills of Data Science, Database Developer, CAD, Project Management, Quality Control, Quality Analysis, ISO 9001, and/or Geographic Information Systems on all platforms, and Macintosh Tech Support and repair. My résumé is available in two versions.
1. One page Adobe Acrobat
2. One page Word 2011 as a zipfile

You can download my certificate to the workshop NEURISA offered in Program Management. You can also download various references written by coworkers and people in my field. My LinkedIn profile is also available.

I am currently looking for long term work in Downtown Boston Massachusetts, Quincy, Braintree along the subway known as the T, Norwell, Rockland, Whitman, Randolph, Avon, Stoughton, Easton, Hanover, Pembroke, Kingston, Plymouth, Wareham, Sandwich, Barnstable, Yarmouth, Harwich, Orleans, Eastham, Brewster, Dennis, Falmouth, Bourne, Buzzards Bay, Carver, Rochester, Mattapoisett, Fairhaven, Dartmouth, New Bedford, Fall River, Seekonk, Westport, Lakeville, Middleboro, Taunton, Raynham, Mansfield, Bridgewater are all possibilities for in office work normal hours. Eastern Massachusetts outside those towns I will consider working once a week, if I can work from home or at an office in those towns.
All other places I will consider remote telework position with once a month visit.

Click on image to view large version. Red lines indicate commuter train corridors that I would consider walking from commuter stops. Downtown Boston includes the entire old city, and harbor world trade center, up to Kendall Sqaure.
The prices I list below as a consultant should not be used to determine what I would accept as a regular salary, which is lower. I am also willing to consider getting certified for the position in question.

I am willing to negotiate based on location and available budget for salaried work.

Computer Consultant & Repair services in southeast Massachusetts and online

New Service: Now offering Teamviewer remote connection training and troubleshooting. Download this free software and share with me over Skype or phone your Account ID and password to allow me to view the contents of your computer while discussing your computer remotely. Available for Macintosh, Windows, and Linux.

You may call at least 24 hours ahead of time to see if an appointment time is available at 202-538-1017, or write abrody AT macmaps.com (replace the word AT with the @ symbol).
Note fees below are set for in basic amounts. The additional Services link can adjust the final quantity by the dollar.
For larger projects, we can determine in advance how much time you wish to spend on it, and what the final outcome is that is desired.
February 2017 I started servicing upper, mid and lower Cape Cod, thanks to my move to Mashpee.

I have a section for reviews of my work at the end of this page.

I accept Mastercard, Visa, Discover, American Express, JCB, and Union Pay via the Square.com based website:

visit my online store

Tech Support is available via one these options:


1. Half hour tech support ($50)

2. One hour tech support. ($75)

3. Additional services ($1 - purchase additional time in quantity of dollars). Serving towns of Assonet, Carver, East Taunton, Freetown, Lakeville, Middleborough, Plymouth, Rochester, or Wareham, or upper and mid Cape Cod. Travel is from Mashpee Massachusetts. Foreign (to the United States) service with the credit cards supported is available, though rates will have to cover currency exchange on both ends. I can do both video Facetime and Skype communicate and Microsoft Remote Desktop computer access.

Repair services include out of warranty installation of hard drives, RAM, PRAM batteries, data translation of spreadsheet, word processing, database, image formats, and software repair of directories. Services include data recovery to the maximum extent allowed by the fees ( DriveSavers offers a much more thorough recovery process for thousands of dollars when hardware is at issue, though we can at least isolate if it is an issue), installation of video cards on Macs that support self installed cards, and discovering if unessential software is installed on your Mac, and/or compatibility issues of software installed. Data can be backed up as a clone, or setup for Time Machine. Data recovery will be best effort. No guarantees are made. I also offer in house testing services for Intel Mac OS X 10.4.11, 10.5.8, 10.6.8, 10.7.5, 10.8.5, 10.9.5, 10.10.5, 10.11.4 applications and drivers.

My self help pages are currently available for free, although a donation of your choice may be purchased on my $1 purchase amount in any quantity of $1 purchases you desire.

Currently those pages are

  • The Mac backup FAQ

  • Creating a bootable Mac CD

  • Macintosh web browser FAQ

  • Crossplatform application solutions

  • The Mac Directory Repair FAQ

  • The Kernel Panic FAQ

  • Migration from Mac OS 9 to Mac OS X and Intel Mac FAQ

  • Mac OS X Speed FAQ

  • Files that are safe to delete or move in Mac OS X FAQ

  • Mac OS X operating system upgrade FAQ


    Store return and other policies:


  • Allow 48 hours for communication unless this policy is updated. Unused time may be returned for a refund. Travel time under one hour must be purchased in advance. Note, purchases can be made checked out as "guest", and you do not have to register for square.com for the purchase to go through. A street address is only necessary for the credit card company to verify the validity of the credit card. Don't worry at the present time about sales tax costs. This website will update if sales tax is needed. There are no promotional codes available at this time.
     

    Reviews from my freelance support and references

    Abraham Brody was able to solve a problem with my iMAC that a senior advisor at Apple Care did not. For years I had uploaded images from my digital camera by putting a 512MB Sandisk into a Sandisk MobileMate device that I inserted into a USB port on my iMac. When that Sandisk failed I tried the same procedure with a new 8GB Sandisk but my iMac refused to recognize the MobileMate. After a fruitless search on the Internet, I spent over two hours with Apple Care on the problem but we failed to fix it. (In fairness to Apple Care they did clean up a mess on my computer created by the scam product MacCleaner.) I then turned to Abraham for help. When he saw my machine he immediately pointed to a slot that accepted my Sandisk. Presto! Pictures right away. Falmouth MA.

    Abraham was not only professional in showing up on time for our appointment, but he was very knowledgeable and diligent in his work taking care of a few issues with our Apple computer, printer set up, re-establishing email connections, etc. His knowledge is the key as he can get the job done correctly and efficiently. B&K P
    Many times in my early mac years I was saved and my computer and data restored to pristine condition by the diligence of Abraham; in reinstalling operating systems; and diagnosing the various issues that may affect a Mac at one time or another. Highly recommended; highly knowledgable. His credo: Back up, Back up, Back up.

    Abe is a competent MAC expert. I worked with Abe for the FAA and can attest to his expertise!

    I would like to thank you very much for promptly and efficiently identifying the problem my wife had with her IMAC, and finding a way to get it going again without introducing new problems or having to purchase a new set of programs. My wife owns a mid-2007 IMAC with one GB of RAM originally installed. For some time she had been having trouble with slow processing and frequent crashes when she was online using our Comcast WIFI connection. Then, quite suddenly, she ceased being able to connect at all to the internet. I was impressed with your ability to identify that the problem was Comcast's decision to drop support for the version of the MAC operating system she was using. The solution you came up with, and which you had the tools on hand to implement, was to upgrade the MAC operating system to a level that was still supported by Comcast. Together with cleaning the machine of accumulated garbage, and your recommendation that I use the two 1 GB RAM chips I had replaced with two 2 GB RAM chips in my own mid-2007 IMAC to give her more power, she ended up with a smoothly functioning machine with a good connection to the internet through Comcast. And you were able to do all of this in a single session. You made it possible for us to extend the life of this old machine at a very reasonable cost. I look forward to using your expertise to continue to maintain our machines, Bourne MA

    Abe has been a computer Mac and Windows expert since the 80s and knows the insides of a computer better than anyone I know...

    My I MAC was recently hacked with a virus and I needed someone who knew what they were doing to fix it. I called Abraham and he came right away to my home. Abraham was prompt, diagnosed my problem very quickly and proceeded to clean and restore my computer to it's normal working condition. All this was accomplished in about 50 minutes. I found his fee to be reasonable and his knowledge very keen. Abraham is a very polite, cheerful person who knows his job, very professional! He's the man for the job! - Falmouth, MA

    Checking my calendar this morning, skillfully thanks to you, I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your patience in out tutoring session. You're a born teacher... thank you, thank you

    Abe - thank you very much for getting us straightened out with our computer, I-pad, and I-phones and most importantly, getting them to work together as they should. We appreciated your patience and your willingness to explain the things we were confused about - some of which were surprisingly simple.  - Bourne MA, Jane

    I have an IMac computer which I use for graphics, word processing and for creating teaching materials, as well as for home use. I have had problems with it running slow and with setting up a storage drive to archive my files. Abraham did a great job of reviewing all the applications on the hard drive and making a list of unneeded files and redundancies to free it up and run better. He was able to get my storage drive running and set up regular back-ups. He also did general trouble-shooting to prevent future problems. I appreciate that Abe explained the problems to me and demystified some of the issues. He taught me strategies to maintain my system and maintain files and back-ups. I would definitely call on him again if I have computer problems and I recommend him highly for tech support. - Mashpee, MA

    A letter reference from Rob Sousa

    A letter of reference from Dan Bryder


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