The jonnyGURU website came to life in late 1997 as a personal website of HTML help, MIDI and MP3 files, VW Rabbit tuning advice and rants about the customers Jon had faced as lead tech of a fairly large sized computer component eTailer (the now defunct TCWO.)
The site became a "blog" in late 2000, where Jon would talk about some of the new things he saw in the industry. New CPU's as they came out, the latest in memory, motherboards, etc.
In early 2005, Jon was getting bored with being one of so many others reviewers capable of running a few benchmarks on a CPU and saying, "yep. It's fast" so he bought a PSU load tester. Ok, there's more to it than that. Something about a CCFL light kit shorting out his power supply... you might want to ask him about it some time. This is when the PSU reviews began and jonnyGURU.com really took off.
Around late 2005, jonnyGURU.com moved to "Blogspot." But because of the "remote hosting" and limited "control" of the content, less than one year later Jon upgraded his Tera-Byte account and moved everything back to his own server where jonnyGURU.com rested for a few years.
In late 2007, Tazz took over handling the webwork trying to help Jon out. Starting in 2008, Tazz changed out the site to a updated setup to speed up the content input process, while at the same time OklahomaWolf took over the PSU testing process. The site was also moved to a dedicated server which is hosted by Modders-Inc.com.
Tony Dayaka MI-Tazz (tazz (at) jonnyguru (dot) com)
Tazz has been in the mechanical/electrical field since he was in grade school. From helping his dad rebuild old tractors in grade school to poring his hard earned money into his vehicles (cosmetically, acoustically, and mechanically). At the young age of 16, he rebuilt his first automatic transmission in his dad's shed using a manual checked out of the school's library.
He has always enjoyed working with his hands and building things. Tazz got into computers back in 89 and has been building / modifying them since. He has picked up a side hobby of building/running websites, which has led him deeper into the computer world. He has had his hands in on several sites over the years. His most recent work can be found at Modders-Inc.com where him and his partner have started to make a stance in the modding world. Not long after, Jon and Tazz started working with each other on various projects.
Jon Gerowaka jonnyGURU (jonny (at) jonnyguru (dot) com)
The name may seem pompous and arrogant... which is why it may suit the man that was pompous and arrogant enough to put his name across the top of a computer hardware review site, but the nom de plume actually came about strictly by accident. Once upon a time, circa 1988, at a Clock Restaurant on U.S.1 in Vero Beach, FL (I believe it's now Chinese take out) a hostess had trouble pronouncing "Gerow" and announced that "Guru, party of three. Your table is ready." Since the party of three were three High School seniors, the misnomer stuck."jonny" is often all lower case because often, Jonny refused to capitalize his own name. GURU is all caps because there was a time when Jonny just went by "GURU" on BBS's where everything was typed in all caps.
When it comes to computers, it all started with a Heathkit Z80 and a book on how to do Z80 assembly code. Jonny would still be writing his own BBS software and peddling Belkin cables at the local CompUSA if it weren't for SuperSix giving Jonny a job at a small computer shop in Tampa, FL in 1996.
Since then, Jon has had many jobs in the industry, having worked for retailers, etailers, tier 1 distributors and even manufacturers.
Whenever Jon has employment that creates a conflict of interest, he bows out of the participation in doing reviews, but he's a permanent fixture in the forums. The site continues to bear his name because nobody could think of anything better to call it. Furthermore, Jon would like to think that the term "Jonny Guru" can actually mean "every man's guru" or "every man is a teacher or student in life." We would also like to recognize the "Jane Gurus" out there too.
Jeremy Schragaka Oklahoma Wolf (oklahomawolf (at) jonnyguru (dot) com)
Oklahoma Wolf, has been an electronics technician since he was 14 years old when he took a correspondence course via NRI (back when they were still around.) He started out fixing electronic musical instruments in his parents' music store, and when that closed in 1991 had been slowly teaching himself more and more aspects of electronics repair. As part of that Jeremy has been getting into computer SMPS design more and more since 2003, and has been doing his best to completely understand not only the basic operation of one, but the engineering side of it as well.
Jeremy does not currently have a position in the industry, but he does participate in a number of message boards where he offers his help to others.
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