Bill Bright

United States


Bill began his career in 1971 as a certified master electronics technician for the US Air Force maintaining air traffic control (ATC) UHF/VHF radio communications and navigational aids systems, "long haul" HF and MARS (Military Auxiliary Radio System), and SLFCS (survivable low frequency communications systems), and their associated consoles. He is a certified communications technician for fixed and mobile emergency response services (fire/rescue, law enforcement, and ambulatory). On the side, he serviced TVs and home and professional audio reproduction equipment. 

He got in to maintaining computer systems in 1975 when he literally stood inside a NORAD “block house” mainframe computer consisting of more than 67,000 diode vacuum tubes!

His first computers were a MITS Altair 8800 and Commodore 64. As his career advanced, his duties evolved through ATC and IS/IT support, capping off 24 years in the USAF as the first wide area network manager for Offutt AFB, Nebraska.

While in the AF he earned a BS in Electronics Management and an AS in Electronics Systems Technology, as well as many hardware, networking, and security certifications. 

In 1995 he began consulting for Northrop Grumman IT. He was Monitoring Team Lead for Nebraska Social Services using IBM Tivoli products; Senior Engineer building PCs for 290+ General Aviation Weather/Flight Planning Satellite Terminals at nearly 80 airports across the country; and Network Engineer testing software and providing support for US State Department and DoD secure global networks.

In 2004, he retired (again) to work for himself in a successful "Custom PCs, Computer Repair, and IT Consulting" business. He beta tests for Firetrust and Microsoft and volunteers his spare time sharing experiences, teaching and helping folks practice safe computing, assisting others to troubleshoot and repair their computing and networking problems while often learning something new along the way.

You can find Bill online as "Bill_Bright" or "Digerati" at several IT security, Windows, and hardware support forums, including MajorGeeks, TechSupportForum, TechPowerUP, WindowsBBS, and several others. He also serves on the volunteer staff at Sysnative, Techie7 and What the Tech.