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Richard Hay

Richard
Hay
Sr. Contributing Editor,
Penton Technology

I served for 29 plus years in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in November 2011. My work background in the Navy was telecommunications related so my hobby of computers fit well in what I did for the Navy. I consider myself a tech geek and enjoy most things in that arena.

My first website – AnotherWin95.com – came online in 1995. Back then I used GeoCities Web Hosting for it and WindowsObserver.com is the result of the work I have done on this site since 1995.

In January 2010 my community contributions were recognized by Microsoft when I received my first Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for the Windows Operating System. Since then I have been renewed in the Microsoft MVP for Windows each year on January 1st for seven consecutive awards in the program.

I host the Observed Tech PODCAST which is a weekly look at all things tech with a decidedly Microsoft angle however, all subjects are discussed including security, social media, hardware, software and anything tech-ish!

I began contributing to Penton Technology websites in January 2015.

Articles
Hands On: YubiKey and Windows Hello
This nearly indestructible USB key can hang on your key chain and be used to log into multiple Windows 10 devices just by plugging it in and it can also act as your multi-factor authentication source for logging into programs and services such as LastPass, Dropbox, Dashlane, KeePass, Password Safe, and others.
Windows 10 Build 15002 ISO Images Released for OOBE Testing
The release of ISO images for Windows 10 Build 15002 does not mean this release is ready for Windows Insiders on the program's Slow Ring.
CES 2017: Camera Privacy Covers for Laptops, Tablets, and Smartphones
You never know what you might see on the sides and in smaller booths at CES and this companies webcam privacy slides are an inexpensive way to add a little extra safety to your devices.
Hands On with Windows 10 Creators Update Build 15007 for PC and Mobile Devices
As the final weeks of development for the Windows 10 Creators Update begin Microsoft has pushed its second PC build of this week. This same build, 15007, is available for Windows 10 Mobile devices and it is the first new build in 43 days. We take a closer look at some of the highlights.
Windows 10 (Redstone 2) Build Tracker for PCs 4
Microsoft has begun development on the next major update to Windows 10, code named Redstone 2, and it is expected to be released some time in 2017. This page will track all of the PC builds released under the Redstone 2 branch for testing and preview.
Windows 10 (Redstone 2) Build Tracker for Mobile 1
Microsoft has begun development on the next major update to Windows 10, code named Redstone 2, and it is expected to be released some time in 2017. This page will track all of the Mobile builds released under the Redstone 2 branch for testing and preview.
CES 2017: Helixee Network Attached Storage (NAS) Device
The Helixee from Novathings delivers home based network attached storage but with remote access, sharing, and commenting features that make it a viable option for not only backing up memories but making them accessible and useful.
CES 2017: A Rookie Experience
I am home after attending my first ever CES in Las Vegas and I not only brought home the CES Crud but also a great experience and a few lessons learned.
Microsoft's New Privacy Dashboard Helps Users Control Their Personal Data 4
Microsoft is continuing their effort to put the user in total control of what information the Redmond company has on file about various activity such as web browsing, searches, location data, and in Cortana's Notebook.
Windows 10 Build 15002 Hands On Overview
The first Redstone 2 testing build release in 2017 for the upcoming Feature Update, aka the Creators Update that is expected in April, was made available to Windows Insiders with a huge list of new features.
CES 2017: Retro Gaming Market Grows with new Mini Arcades from My Arcade
Here at CES 2017 one company, My Arcade, is releasing several Mini Arcade devices to bring even more nostalgia & 8-bit gaming glory to customers. In addition, they are also releasing accessories for the popular and hard to find Nintendo NES Classic.
CES 2017: The Proliferation of Virtual Reality Headsets Plus Their Impact on the Future
Microsoft has announced a partnership to bring virtual reality to users with Project Evo this year when the Windows 10 Creators Update is released. Meanwhile, here at CES there are plenty of Head Mounted Displays available for Windows-based devices.
CES 2017: Hands On with the Brydge Surface Pro 3/4 Keyboard 2
Finally, a real "lappable" keyboard for your Surface Pro 3 and 4 devices plus it has an optional SSD storage option as part of the keyboard itself.
CES 2017: Hands on with HoloLamp - 3D Projection without Glasses 2
3D without any special viewing equipment was supposed to be a thing on TVs a few years ago and has not really caught on however, this UK based company wants to give you table top 3D projections without special glasses. It might just be the right time with the advent of so much mixed and virtual reality options these days.
CES 2107: Catch Up On Our Coverage Here
We've written a lot of CES-related articles in the past few days, and it's easy to miss some of them in the flood. Catch up on all our coverage here.
Comments
CES 2017: Hands On with the Brydge Surface Pro 3/4 Keyboard
January 9, 2017

I think you will find that IndieGoGo and other crowd funding sites work a little bit different than standard retail options.

CES 2017: Hands on with HoloLamp - 3D Projection without Glasses
January 7, 2017

That first image was just a shot of the device and projection. It had not been aligned to the viewers face as it is in the video.

This is a prototype but eventually it...

Update: Two Weeks with the Nuvision TM800W610L 8-Inch Windows 10 Tablet
December 29, 2016

It most certainly has a lot more pep in its step compared to the HP Stream 7. Same storage (32GB) and expandable as well so that helps a lot. I used a 32GB SD card to store...

Ask @WinObs - What are the in-box apps provided with Windows 10?
December 22, 2016

I would consider them bloatware if they did not fill a need or were just overlays to system functionality but they provide basic capabilities that most users will need at some...

Windows 10 Usage Trends Compared to Windows 7, 8, and 8.1
December 13, 2016

The current numbers show that Windows 10 adoption is currently outpacing Windows 7 over the same period of time. I suspect that is directly related to the pace at which people...

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