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Jon Bach

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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 Systems possible.

NOW: - here at Puget -
I started Puget Systems in 2000...it seems like a lifetime ago, and it also feels like just yesterday! 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 people here that share those values. Few of us here have an extensive 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.

MY FIRST COMPUTER:
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? 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!

MY DREAM COMPUTER:
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).

RECOMMENDED SOFTWARE/GAME(S):
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!

HOMETOWN:
Burien, WA


Jon Bach's Recent Comments:

  • Western Digital Red 10TB SATA3 picture
    Jon Bach (President) Says:
    Fun fact -- the first platter drive was by IBM in 1956. It was 5MB, cost $50,000 and was the size of two refrigerators. If this drive had that same price and density, it would cost $10B, and would be the size of the USA, and tall enough to knock all of our satellites out of orbit.
  • 3.5inch 1.44MB External USB Floppy Drive picture
    Jon Bach (President) Says:
    Honestly I think we only continue to carry this drive because it is so amusing to think about. But we still occasionally find someone who needs them! If you need to read floppy disks, don't even think about a floppy drive inside your computer anymore. Go USB like this unit. Modern motherboards don't even come with a controller for internal floppy drives anymore!
  • EVGA SuperNOVA 650W P2 Power Supply picture
    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.
  • Cyberlink PowerDVD 17 Ultra OEM picture
    Jon Bach (President) Says:
    We have negotiated pricing with Cyberlink for this software, so it is cheaper to buy here than just about anywhere else. If you plan to play Blu-Ray movies, you should buy this, and let us install and test it for you, so it is ready to go out of the box.
  • Windows 10 Pro 64-bit picture
    Jon Bach (President) Says:
    We ship Windows 10 Pro with "Defer Updates" checked. This delays the installation of feature updates (but you still get security updates right away). We've found this to be a very good thing. Microsoft seems to be putting significantly less time into testing their updates now -- if you are the first to install an update, YOU are testing it. We recommend NOT being a part of that first group. Defer updates, and when you get the update, it will be well tested, and whatever software you run will have had time to issue updates to fix any problems caused by the new Windows features. We have seen SO MANY computers be broken by buggy Windows 10 updates, so we have decided to ship our Windows 10 Pro computers with this option enabled by default.
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit picture
    Jon Bach (President) Says:
    I strongly recommend Windows 10 Pro instead of Home. The Home edition does not allow you to defer feature updates. We've found this to be a very bad thing. Microsoft seems to be putting significantly less time into testing their updates now -- if you are the first to install an update, YOU are testing it. We recommend NOT being a part of that first group. Defer updates, and when you get the update, it will be well tested, and whatever software you run will have had time to issue updates to fix any problems caused by the new Windows features. We have seen SO MANY computers be broken by buggy Windows 10 updates, so we have decided to ship our Windows 10 Pro computers with this option enabled. So...get Windows 10 Pro instead, and take advantage of this feature. Let someone else be the guinea pig.
  • Windows 7 Professional 64-bit OEM SP1 picture
    Jon Bach (President) Says:
    I loved Windows 7, but it is starting to show its age. Technically it is still supported, but I believe that it is quickly becoming an afterthought for Microsoft. In addition, we've experienced overwhelmingly lack-luster enthusiasm from hardware manufacturers about spending much time on writing drivers for Windows 7. The lack of dedication from both Microsoft and hardware manufacturers has created a recipe for a bad time. While *technically* supported, the experience of running Windows 7 is not so good these days, at least on modern hardware. Everything is intended for Windows 10 now. I was just as big a fan of Windows 7 as anyone, but the time has come to move to Windows 10.
  • Intel Core i7 6800K 3.4GHz Six Core 15MB 140W picture
    Jon Bach (President) Says:
    I don't recommend the 6800K processor. It only has 28 PCI-E lanes, instead of the 40 PCI-E lanes found on the rest of the CPUs in this line. That creates some odd effects on many motherboards, where slot lane allocations are modified, creating more constraints and problems. If you're going to go with the high end X99 chipset, do yourself a favor and don't cripple it by using the bottom-of-the-barrel CPU in that product line.
  • CryoRig M9i CPU Cooler picture
    Jon Bach (President) Says:
    This is an excellent, well secured, quiet CPU cooler. We can mount the fan on either side, we automatically orient the cooler to exhaust the air in whatever direction makes the most sense. I really appreciate that versatility.
  • Cyberlink PowerDVD 16 Ultra OEM picture
    Jon Bach (President) Says:
    We have negotiated pricing with Cyberlink for this software, so it is cheaper to buy here than just about anywhere else. If you plan to play Blu-Ray movies, you should buy this, and let us install and test it for you, so it is ready to go out of the box.