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New Contest -- Hardware Prize!

Posted on November 8, 2004 by Jon Bach


This has *definitely* been a month of website improvement for Puget. Nearly all of the Puget crew has been focusing on updating our website, making it more helpful, adding features, updating links, putting up better pictures, etc. Maybe you've noticed!

Our newest feature is the ability for YOU to help us! Every part that is shown on our website brings up a part information window if you click it. On every one of these pages, you will now see a link that says:

"Do you have a suggestion for this part?"

Click that link, and you can suggest a better manufacturer link, spec correction, or even a better picture of the part!

This is your official call to go out there and improve our website! For every *useful* suggestion we get, your email address will be entered into a monthly drawing for free computer hardware! By "useful", I mean that it must be a suggestion that we actually use...even if you are just pointing out a typo!

On a personal note, I encourage you to find good pictures for us. We're looking for clean looking, OEM pictures.



IE, what we want are good clean pictures of what the product really looks like.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Every part that is show on our


Posted on 2004-11-08 17:07:43

No prize for you!

Posted on 2004-11-08 17:09:55

I already have people emailing me :thumbsup

Right now, this ONLY APPLIES to the part information pages. We're working on a submission script for all the other pages, but until that's up, this contest only applies to the part information pages, and all submissions must be made via the submission script, not email.

Otherwise Jon goes :wig

Posted on 2004-11-08 17:40:54

(Jon goes :wig anyway most of the time)

Posted on 2004-11-08 18:51:50

Max is gonna get a whole computer out of this, isn't he? ;-)

No, really.

Posted on 2004-11-08 19:10:17

Actually, Max isn't interested in a prize. Just cat food for Luke and Monty and lots of cheese for moi. And I could use a new bow tie too! :-D

-- Jerry

Posted on 2004-11-08 19:18:16

When you say what the hardware ACTUALLY looks like, do you mean by itself or in a working configuration?

Posted on 2004-11-08 20:05:13

Good question! By itself, just like the "GOOD" pictures above.

Posted on 2004-11-08 21:47:04

Alright, there is now a link on EVERY page (on the left hand side) that will allow you to make a suggestion. Have fun :thumbsup

Posted on 2004-11-09 11:58:14

So we can find typos and stuff on other pages?

Posted on 2004-11-09 12:43:47

Yep, anywhere!

Posted on 2004-11-09 13:39:17

Hey guys, here's a hint -- if you see that our Pentium4 pictures are ALL in need of improvement, submit the same picture for each one. Then you get your name in the hat a bunch of times :thumbsup Of course, that only applies for items that have no distinguishing characteristics....but for just about anything, just a few minutes on the manufacturer's website can get you dozens of submissions!

We won't let that kind of behaviour get too far for other things, but for PICTURES, we love it!

I bring this up becuase we're holding our first drawing in only two weeks, and we only have a handful of submissions. The odds on this contest are VERY good right now :-D

Posted on 2004-11-17 22:21:04

Heyas. I thought the topic was "anything on the web site" and not just the p4 stuff. 8)

But now that i'm here typing, I'll give my input on a completely different subject.

The average build/load time for most pages in pugetsystems.com is around 0.5 seconds. If many customers visit the site at once, then the possibility arrises that the server will lag. I tested some scripts (not nearly as large as puget systems) on my new web site's index page (jeffguth.com), and the largest build time never exceeds 0.1, so never see anything other than 0.0.

If its possible, there may be other ways to code the web site for faster computations. if the execution time can at least be cut in half, then that would be a huge performance increase.

heh heh, my two cents

Posted on 2004-11-18 01:40:53

oh, my bad. i'm getting around 0.18 s load times on my portfolio page. hmm, i wonder why.... i guess php counts the time it takes to build not only the header and footer, but also the regular html in between. doh!

Posted on 2004-11-18 01:44:04

Hi Radiogeak! Welcome to the PCC Forums!

I'm sure Jon and other PCC folks will be very interested in your "two cents." :-)

You might be interested in checking out this thread and posting feedback once Jon finishes tweaking the Javascript:

New Configure Page Features

Nice to have you aboard!
-- Max

Posted on 2004-11-18 01:54:57

Congratulations to Christopher Keenom as our November winner! Who will win in December? :) Right now, mlbpro is the only one who has submitted anything this week...those are good odds so far, mlbpro :)

Posted on 2004-12-06 13:40:10


Posted on 2004-12-06 17:53:37

Sorry mlb, I found 2 errors, it's a 66 2/3 - 33 1/3 chance now :-P

Posted on 2004-12-06 21:12:26

Sorry guys, Chirs (invigorated by his recent win) now has four times the submissions you two do :thumbsup

Remember the easy money is in the part pictures -- find a better picture than what we have, and it's an easy submission. Check out our P4 775 and AMD 939 pictures -- those are Chris' handiwork. Those are *perfect* pictures, exactly what we're looking for. And since CPU pictures are all the same pretty much, Chris just submitted the exact same picture for all 939 and 775 processors, and got his name in the hat a BUNCH of times :)

Other easy areas remaining: other CPUs, hard drives, some memory lines, case mods....you get the picture.

Posted on 2004-12-07 01:10:45

you get the picture


That pun stunk, like two thirds of the word pun! J/K

Posted on 2004-12-07 06:19:59

Sorry mlb, I found 2 errors, it's a 75-25 chance now :-P

Actually it would have been a 66-33.

Posted on 2004-12-07 10:58:10

i got 4 in the december drawing so far... i sent in a bunch of typos i found in hardware articles but idk if they count i didn't get any replies for the typos...

Posted on 2004-12-08 19:14:26

For the actual prize, do we get to choose from a list or something? I don't know if that was actually ever mentioned

Posted on 2004-12-08 21:48:18

It's different every month depending on what we have in overstock, but to give you a good feel, here's what last month's list of hardware was:

Logitech Internet Optical Combo (beige)

Posted on 2004-12-08 23:10:56

i have over ten entries now wewt! :)

Posted on 2004-12-09 17:33:44

Are you the one spamming my inbox with submissions? :-D

Good work! :thumbsup

Posted on 2004-12-09 17:38:56

could be... :-D

Posted on 2004-12-10 03:52:04

Congratulations mlbpro on being the winner for December! Keep those submissions coming :thumbsup

Posted on 2005-01-06 12:44:28


Posted on 2005-01-06 13:04:10

Did you get my submission?

Just wondering...

Posted on 2005-01-10 09:48:13

When did you submit? I show no submissions from the email address listed in your profile...

Posted on 2005-01-10 10:51:13

Can I get a laptop from this company with a 10, 100, 1000 RJ-45 ethernet prt along with wireless A, B & G ethernet? And a DVD+|-RW and a CD-RW

Posted on 2005-01-17 11:19:59

Sure, many of our Pentium4 and Athlon64 laptops have all those items! http://www.pugetsystems.com/la...

Posted on 2005-01-17 11:49:17