Mike Halsey MVP, Author at gHacks Technology News

Samsung 900X3A-B01 Series 9 Ultrabook Review

When I first reviewed the original Series 9 from Samsung, it was before the term ultrabook had even been coined.  This was the only laptop to consider at the time as a […]

Samsung SCX-3405W Mono Wireless Laser Printer Review

Saving money when you print is all the rage these days, especially with both household and business budgets being squeezed ever more tightly.  It's not surprising then to see a resurgence in […]

How Secure is Your Password?

As part of writing my forthcoming "Windows 8 Power Users Guide" from Apress and "Troubleshoot and Optimize Windows 8 Inside Out" from Microsoft Press, there are inevitably chapters where I have to […]

My New Fibre Broadband Will Likely Be My Last

Next Friday I'm getting a new fibre-optic broadband line installed at my home, and it's very exciting.  Because of where I live I've not been able to take advantage of existing cable […]

Microsoft and Apple working on Secret Anti-Google Cloud OS

Nobody really foresaw the rise of Google as an operating system maker and though it's not all been successful for the company (got a Chromebook anyone?) on tablets and smartphones nobody can […]

Liberty hold Richard O'Dwyer Human Rights 'Copyright' Anti-Extradition Event

Last night I attended an event in Sheffield (UK) hosted by Human Rights campaign group Liberty.  The aim of the event was to raise awareness of Richard O'Dywer, a university student from […]

Samsung Series 7 Gamer 3D Laptop Review

I've reviewed a fair few laptops in the last year and seen countless PCs in my life but excitement always mounts when something new comes along, and that something was the arrival […]

Why I'm Buying a Watch

Back in my youth I sat at home with a ZX Spectrum dreaming of the day I might one day be able to carry a computer around with me.  A few short […]

The Importance of Using Mobile Encryption

This might come as a surprise to you, or perhaps even alarm you, but on the city of London’s public transport system alone, around 200 laptops are handed into lost-property offices every […]

Microsoft Slash TechNet Product Keys from 10 to 5 to 3

In September 2010, citing concerns over piracy, Microsoft slashed the number of product keys available to subscribers of its TechNet service from 10 per product down to 5.  This caused some arguments […]

Will Bitlocker's Security Flaw Remain in Windows 8?

I write a lot about security, and about Microsoft's Bitlocker drive encryption technology.  Frankly I really like Bitlocker because it is easy to deploy and because its tied to a TPM (Trusted […]

What it's like giving Windows 8 Talks

As I write this I'm sitting in a hotel room in Bradford, West Yorkshire (UK) getting ready to give a talk tonight to a large IT user group about Windows 8.  This […]

Do You Love the Windows 8 Consumer Preview or Hate it?

Whatever Microsoft may be saying about how great the Windows 8 Consumer Preview is, there can be little doubt that it's provoking some very strong reactions.  People are either loving or hating […]

[Appeal] Send me Your Windows 8 Troubleshooting Issues and Problems

As the author of the Microsoft Press book, Troubleshooting Windows 7 Inside Out you might expect with a new version of Windows now upon us I'd be thinking about the next edition […]

Game Developer Abandons Android App Citing Unsustainability

The company behind the popular Battleheart game for Google's Android operating system are ceasing support for the platform citing that the platform is unsustainable in the long term. In a blog post, Mika […]

What do you like most about Windows XP?

Windows XP, released in 2001 is for many people "as comfortable as an old shoe", but why is this and why do people hold this insecure and buggy operating system in such […]

Using Bitlocker in Windows (Best Practice Guide)

If you use a laptop for work, or it you carry important or sensitive data with you then it should be encrypted.  Put simply the repercussions of not using encryption are far […]

The Full HD PC vs iPad Rant

Argh!  Apple yesterday unveiled the new iPad, and it's lovely with lots of fantastic new hardware including a full 'retina display'.  This will give the new iPad a display resolution of a […]