Puget Systems Blog Posts
If you enjoy good coffee and are traveling through the southwesternmost corner of Utah, you'll have to stop at Jazzy's. You'll find they make a great cup of coffee, but you won't find their website. They don't have one. No drive-thru either.
It's 10 PM on a school night, and I know where my kids are, but not my files. It all started when the post office delivered a manila envelope, sealed with enough packing tape to wrap a small country. That was the first clue that my father was the sender.
Dear Microsoft, Windows and I go back a lot of years together. Too many to count, but let's just say my first PC gave me the choice to login to Windows 3.11 or MS-DOS. While our relationship has been mostly great (XP, 7), it's also been bumpy (ME, Vista) at times. But I've stuck with Windows as my primary computing platform because it's versatile, familiar and supports the programs I rely on each day.
As I've mentioned before, I live in Southern Utah. But I travel to the offices of Puget Systems a few times each year. This gives me the opportunity to interact with a number of companies over a short period of time. Some marketers call these short interactions with customers micro-engagements. They might be short in duration, but smart companies understand how important they are in keeping customers happy.
Windows 7 updates are being limited by Microsoft on the latest processor platforms, and in combination with the other issues we've seen lately when installing Windows 7 we are now only listing it as an option on well-supported configurations... until we run out of licenses, then it's over.
While speaking to our customers, I'm often asked why we don't carry a specific brand or type of product. For example, AMD recently released a CPU called Ryzen that competes with Intel CPUs. AMD is positioning these chips as comparable to Intel's offerings but at a lower price. Some customers are interested in how these new chips stack up.
If you're feeling overconfident in your public speaking skills, step into a class full of 7th graders. They are a tough crowd. That's what I did last week when my daughter's "Career & Technology" teacher asked me speak to her class about my work in technology. I prepared a 15-minute presentation that covered my years at Microsoft, a couple of startups, and positions at Puget Systems.
In 2017, our goal is to get out there where our customers are to learn more about them, learn more about their workflow, and find out what more we can do to optimize our systems and experience to those exact needs. That is why we are working with many user groups this year and have a big tradeshow calendar lined up. Are there any events that we should attend that aren't on this list? Let us know!
A few years ago, the owner of Puget Systems told me about a product that had helped him focus on his work. I'd been feeling less productive and more distracted when trying to work, so I decided to install the application he recommended which is called Rescue Time. I installed the free version, and let it do its thing in the background.
With 2016 coming to end, I thought it would be interesting to look back at some of my favorite products of the last year. I prefer products that seamlessly blend into my life. That means they shouldn't require a lot of updates or ask me to change my behavior very much in order to enjoy them. With that in mind, here are five of my favorite products of 2016:
I made the trek to Salt Lake City to attend the Supercomputing conference. I've attended conferences both large and small going back 20 years, but nothing could prepare me for what I saw at Supercomputing. If you're not familiar with Supercomputing, it's an annual conference where scientists, researchers, and engineers gather to discuss high-performance computing, network storage and related technologies.
Yesterday, I awoke to the sound of my phone buzzing on the nightstand. I answered it assuming it was another automatic message from one of the schools my kids attend. But this time I was jolted awake when the person on the line said, "Your bank account has been hacked." I grabbed my phone, punched the app to my bank and there it was: my account had been drained.
At least once a year, I take a call from a friend or family member who is despondent because they've lost pictures or video or other critical data stored on their computer. Sometimes they accidentally delete a file or a directly. Or worse, a hard drive dies, taking all their data to the grave. I listen and try to have empathy. I really do, yet I can usually predict the answer to the question I'll ask next: "Did you have a backup of your files?" It's probably a good thing they are explaining their situation to me over the phone when they tell me, no, they did not have a backup.
A few weeks ago, I managed to get three kids in the van. On this morning, I wouldn't have to speed to get them to school on time, but I was cutting it close. I slammed my door shut, hit the button to open the garage door and turned the key in the ignition. Nothing.