Mathew Diekhake (Dee-kah-keh) is a Microsoft Systems Administrator from Melbourne, Australia, and also the Founder and Editor of ConsumingTech.com. Though his first name is a little weird and his last is of German origin, he was born and raised in Australia. Mathew is a Windows and Android “die hard” but has spent years learning about a variety of computer software, both formally and informally. He has earned numerous Microsoft certificates (see below) and is a qualified Systems and Server Administrator. In his free time, Mathew enjoys reading everything he can get his hands on related to computer software. He also enjoys jumping in the ocean when conditions permit it, playing chess with friends, and keeping up with world affairs.
Mathew is a big proponent of computer software and the internet. And while it may turn out that technology as a whole is bad for the universe—given its apparent adverse effects on climate—he is hopeful that it can advance to where its environmental impact is minimalized compared to today. Mathew thinks that computers in general will do wonders for boosting the education, and perhaps intelligence, of people over the next hundred years; and that computers will play a large role in advancing the world for the better over that same period, and, hopefully, much longer.
Mathew graduated from DDLS Melbourne campus with the following certifications:
- DDLS as a CompTIA A+ Certified IT technician certificate training (parts 1 and 2)
- Service desk analyst,
- Installing, configuring, and administering Windows XP Professional,
- Managing a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 environment,
- Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 environment.
- Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS),
- Microsoft Certified Professional
- Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCTIP)
- Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator on Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (MCSA),
- Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator: Messaging on Microsoft Windows Server 2003,
- Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Server Administrator on Windows Server 2008.
Mathew’s area of expertise is with computer operating systems and web browsers—in particular, managing and maintaining systems and software. Since 2011, Mathew has written tens of thousands of articles on computer software covering a wide range of topics, including Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Android, and other operating systems; Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and other web browsers. His oldest work can be found on ConsumingTech.com, where he began blogging on computer operating systems and web browsers before creating more tutorial oriented domains such as WindowsTutorials.com. He also spent three years writing for dotTech.org, a once top 20,000 Alexa ranking tech blog before it was discontinued. dotTech is owned by the same company that runs SharewareOnSale.com, one of the most successful shareware websites in the world still to this day.
Mathew’s work has been linked to by Microsoft MVP’s on the Microsoft.com website, senior XDA developer forum members, senior OnePlus forum members, senior Xiaomi forum members, popular independent websites such as AnandTech and popular blogs such as Android Pit.
Mathew has written tens of thousands of articles online spanning across several domains, and those articles have gone on to get millions of views. His work on ConsumingTech.com was once getting close to a million monthly views and he has had the website inside the top 50,000 trafficked sites in the world, according to Alexa.
Mathew has been a Windows Insider since 2016, regularly leaving feedback for Windows developers regarding test builds of the operating system. His contributions to the Windows Insider program and messages to the Windows Insider team directly have contributed to some of the Windows 10 features that you see today. Some examples include there no longer being any sound when you move the volume slider from the system tray, and the Cortana icon being removed from the search box. Mathew emphasized the default sound from the slider needed to be removed because it can be a lot louder than the video that you’re watching, which meant that you couldn’t turn up those videos without having to create a louder Windows default sound which can be disruptive to an environment. Mathew also felt it was important to move Cortana out of the search box so people could understand that search was not directly related to Cortana and perhaps that would get people to better realize how powerful the ability to search is. Both ideas were adopted by early 2019.
Mathew was the founder, editor, and lead technical writer/tech journalist of the following online publications before moving them all onto the one domain:
And other premium domain names relating to computer operating systems and web browsers. He still owns the domains today.
On his domains, Mathew also spends lots of time answering questions to queries that readers leave in the comments. Between writing new articles and answering questions, Mathew can usually be found online seven days a week and almost around the clock.
At ConsumingTech.com, Mathew hopes to one day create a thriving tech community filled with tech enthusiasts, as well as beginners just searching for answers, who wish to learn more about computer software. Few days go by where Mathew isn’t advancing his own skills, as well as the content on this website. He hopes that his work can one day be a valuable contribution to the World Wide Web. You can reach out to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, all questions related to his content should be left as comments beneath the articles, as he does not provide computer support via email.