Hello! I am Bruce Young, editor of BarelyAdequate.info. I was born and raised in the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan area, where I first developed my interest in electronics, particularly audio and control systems, and graduated from Centennial High School, Gresham, Oregon in 1969. After graduating from High School, I attended East Tennessee State University for one year, then moved to Paducah, Kentucky and attended the Institute of Electronic Technology (now known as Paducah Technical College), a two-year technical school, where I graduated as an electronic technician.
Seeing the writing on the wall — and not wanting to get shot at! — I joined the US Air Force on a six-month delayed enlistment, to allow me to finish school. My draft notice came one month later! Best decision of my life!
Even though I fell into the Air Force lifestyle unintentionally, I found that I enjoyed working among people with the high degree of integrity and personal responsibility that the Air Force demands of its members, and spent the next 24 years in uniform. I began my Air Force career supporting airborne electronic systems, and as computers became common in the systems I supported, I developed a professional and hobby interest in them, and decided that Information Technology was the career I really wanted to pursue. Fortunately, the Air Force obliged me by assigning me computer-related duties, and my last 13 years in uniform were involved in managing, programming and maintaining computer systems and networks under all sorts of interesting — and often classified! — circumstances! It was also during this period that I conceived of and developed my Theory of Husbands, Wives and Hardware, which still seems to be universally true between married couples everywehere!
I retired from the USAF in August 1996, and departed military life to start up a second career in the corporate world, relocating my family back to the Portland, Oregon area. I quickly found a position as a computer consultant with Excell Data Corporation, who posted me at footwear and apparel giant Nike (yeah, that Nike!) as a contractor. In August 1998, I accepted a position as a desktop support analyst with Nike . . . and in April 1999, Nike outsourced their entire Information Technology infrastructure, including most of their IT people, to Lockheed Martin Information Technology! After a little over two years, Lockheed traded their Commercial Services division to Affiliated Computer Services for ACS's Government Services division, and overnight everyone, up to our big boss in Orlando FL, was suddenly an ACS employee! Four employers in 10 years while doing the same job! Welcome to IT employment in the new millennium!
In September 2000, while still working full time with ACS at Nike, I began studying for a Bachelors of Science degree in Information Technology with the Oregon Institute of Technology, also known as Oregon Tech. After a challenging course of study, I graduated from OIT in August 2005.
Around that time I also began my active involvement with the Disabled American Veterans, a non-profit veterans' service organization comprised solely of wartime-disabled veterans, whose goal is "building better lives for disabled veterans and their families!" I served as Commander of Portland Chapter #1 from 2004 to 2006, and currently serve as Adjutant for both Chapter #1 and DAV Department of Oregon.
I worked for ACS until February 2007, when they had a drastic "reduction in force" in an effort to "make themselves more competitive" to get their contract with Nike renewed (which didn't work, by the way! Poetic justice!). And after 14 months of unemployment, contract work and some occasional independent contracting, I was hired by Jubitz Corporation, a large travel center and refueling service in Northeast Portland, to keep the computers, network, phones and other assorted technology working! Jubitz was dubbed the "World's Classiest Truck Stop" by the Travel Channel in 2003, and has some of finest amenities of any travel center in the nation. And keeping all the technology working to keep it that way was the job af a small team of dedicated techies, which, thankfully, included me! I retired from Jubitz in June 2015, and now concentrate on my family and my DAV volunteer work. And in April 2017 I moved three generations of my family into a large 6-bedroom house in the Abbey Creek neighborhood of North Bethany, Oregon.
Prior to my retirement from the USAF, I developed an interest in HTML and Web development, and shortly after moving back to Portland, I started up a Web site I named Bruce Young's (barely adequate!) Home Page, that I could use as a test site for developing my HTML coding skills, and where I would also frequently comment on technology issues that caught my fancy. However, as I became increasingly concerned about corporate and government attempts to use technology to limit the rights of common citizens — most of which the common citizens rarely hear about! — this site slowly transformed itself into a vehicle through which I could bring attention to these issues. The final step in its transformation from a hobby site to something far more serious was registration of the BARELYADEQUATE.INFO domain, the site's permanent home, in January 2002. I have since registed the BARELYADEQUATE.US domain, and finally was able to register the BARELYADEQUATE.COM domain when it became available, both of which are set to forward to this site!