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THEN: - before Puget -
I began my career with a local printing company, where I worked my way up from being temporary labor to being a full-time service representative. When the company needed a fleet of computers, I was selected as the project coordinator and computer systems manager. Those opportunities led to the responsibility of their website creation and to managing their internal systems. The experience and confidence I gained from these responsibilities are what made Puget Custom Computers possible.

NOW: - here at Puget -
I started Puget Systems in 2000 in my parents' basement! I've enjoyed growing the business, repeatedly moving locations to accommodate our growth. I appreciate being able to run a company with integrity and old fashioned values, and I am fortunate to have great employees that share those values. Few of us here have a background in the computer industry, and the more I get involved in the industry, the more I see that this is a very good thing. There is so much hype and disregard for the end user in this field, so I appreciate that we can detach ourselves from that and bring a fresh approach to building computers.

I built my first computer myself while I was in high school, which was an interesting learning process. I used the cheapest parts I could find online. Should I admit that it caught on fire? I probably shouldn't say that. It definitely taught me that the cheapest hardware is often higher cost in the end, after you put out the fires and replace everything that breaks!

I appreciate speed, but more than anything I value reliability. To that end, I am a believer in simplicity. No RAID for me, no SLI, no liquid cooling. Give me a simple computer, with a modern platform and quiet cooling, and I am happy. It's a toss-up between our Obsidian and Genesis I, but I'd probably go with the Genesis I for speed (this is a DREAM computer, after all).

I love lightweight programs that run fast. There are a number of these programs I install on any computer: Paint.NET, Open Office, Google Chrome, Notepad++ (for programming), 7Zip, CCleaner, and VLC.

LIFE: - outside Puget's walls -
I am an avid trumpet player, and enjoy nothing more than the opportunity to volunteer for any church orchestra or musical I can find. I enjoy spending time outside with my wife and kids, and taking the jeep up into the mountains. Drive as high as you can on a logging road, then get out and scramble the rest of the way to the top!

Burien, WA

Jon Bach's Recent Comments:
  • Jon Bach (President) Says:
    You should consider adding the battery module for even better performance and safety.

  • Jon Bach (President) Says:
    The cost of a blu-ray drive has come down so much that it makes a lot of sense to include with a new PC, even if just for future proofing. I put one in my last PC. I seldom use it, but I don't regret the purchase. I like that the option is there. The blu-ray burner could be useful for backing up to a blu-ray disc, but those discs are still pretty expensive.

  • Jon Bach (President) Says:
    I have been using the 4 stream version of this card at home for years, and it is rock solid. I'm never going back to TiVo or a Comcast DVR!

  • Jon Bach (President) Says:
    This is a great option for those that need 100% assurance that their webcam and microphone is off. Very useful for high security need such as military or research.

  • Jon Bach (President) Says:
    I use this program on every computer I own -- highly recommended. I used to be a MS Security Essentials fan, but it has gone downhill lately. I'm very pleased with Avira. It does show you some ads though, and that's annoying.

  • Jon Bach (President) Says:
    This is a great way to add Thunderbolt to your system. It is inexpensive, gives you flexibility to add it only if you want it, and is easily replaced if there is a problem. I recommend this over getting a motherboard with Thunderbolt onboard.

  • Jon Bach (President) Says:
    This drive is faster than the green version, but its also a little louder, and you have to be careful about cooling them. As long as you don't stack 2-3 of them together, you should be fine. If you don't have the room to space them out and get some airflow between them, you should consider running the green drives, which are much lower power and cooler running.

  • Jon Bach (President) Says:
    This power supply is extremely efficient, and will completely turn off its fan under low load (such as when your PC is idle). It is a great pick for a silent PC.

  • Jon Bach (President) Says:
    This is a great option for home or business. Without a dedicated video card, the system is simpler, lighter, longer battery life, and cooler running. As long as you aren't gaming, this is an efficient powerhouse laptop.

  • Jon Bach (President) Says:
    This is an excellent way to add 16 more SAS/SATA ports to your system. The quality and speed is excellent.