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 are ripe, 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 technical-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 being 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 quoted and used as a source of information 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, just to name a few. Hundreds of other websites have sourced his expertise in computer software as well.
Mathew has written tens of thousands of articles online spanning across several domains, and those articles have gone on to get hundreds of 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. His articles continue to be read by hundreds of thousands of people every month, and they have done so now for many consecutive years.
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 (which were later merged into ConsumingTech.com):
- We have thousands of articles covering Windows tutorials. We are Windows professionals, having spent years formally studying it. At one point in time, we held most certifications Microsoft had to offer. We hope to continue writing a lot more Windows tutorials in the future because they come easy to us.
- We have hundreds of articles covering Mac tutorials. While we aren’t certified in Mac, our Mac writers have years of experience using Mac laptops and virtual machines.
- Fuschia is a new operating system by Google. Tutorials coming soon.
- We have thousands of articles covering web browser tutorials. Without a web browser, we would not have a portal to the internet. Since we’re on the Web most hours of the day, you can rest assured we know web browsers as well as anyone could without developing or formally studying them.
- We have hundreds of articles covering Google Chrome tutorials. Most of our time on the internet is spent looking through Google Chrome’s eyes. We know how to optimize Chrome for a fantastic user experience, as well as solve many of Chrome’s nuisances.
- We have hundreds of articles covering Mozilla Firefox tutorials. If we aren’t on Chrome, you can probably find us on Firefox. Mozilla’s Firefox is the best web browser based on open source code in existence.
- We have thousands of articles covering anti-malware tutorials. We can’t stand malware and are passionate about helping people remove it from their computers to help them stay safe as well as get the best user experience possible while browsing the internet.
And other premium domain names relating to computer software. With hundreds of thousands of dollars invested, 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.