Dave Parrack

Joined December 2011

Dave Parrack is a freelance writer from Manchester, England, with an unhealthy level of interest in technology and pop culture. You can connect with him at About.me now.

Feel free to contact at dparrack@makeuseof.com

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8 Disappointing Video Game Endings

24th April, 2013

Video games offer epic experiences with the power to excite, enthrall, and entertain. At least they do on occasion, when all of the various elements needed to turn a game from a mildly amusing distraction into a piece of art are present. Unfortunately, even the best games can often turn ugly in the end. Video games often require hours of effort to complete. And there’s nothing quite like sitting back and enjoying a satisfying ending.

What Gadget Do You Most Regret Buying? [You Told Us]

24th April, 2013

Gadgets come in all shapes and sizes, and boast a variety of different purposes. Whether they’re designed to help you accomplish certain tasks or chores, or provide entertainment for you and your loved ones, gadgets are an essential part of the lives of most people. Since starting to write about gadgets and technological innovations, I’ve seen as many bad ideas as good.

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How To Take Amazing Photos Of Your Pets

24th April, 2013

If you haven’t yet experienced the joy of owning a pet then you’re missing out on one of life’s simple pleasures. While owning a pet isn’t a wholly positive experience – especially when they pass away after far too short a time on this Earth – the positives far outweigh the negatives. Especially if you choose the right animal to suit your personality. Pets provide a great subject for photographers, both professional and amateur alike.

What Gadget Do You Most Regret Buying? [We Ask You]

19th April, 2013

The world is full of gadgets. I have plenty in my house, and I’m sure you have plenty in yours. They come in all shapes and sizes: some connect to the Internet, some broadcast radio or television signals, many make our lives easier. Or at least they’re meant to make our lives easier. The truth is some gadgets turn out to be duds.

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Not Just For Grown Ups: 5 Android Tablets You Would Let Your Kids Use

18th April, 2013

There’s a certain novelty factor to tablets, which invariably means that if one person in the household owns one, they’ll be continually fighting off calls to share. Not only is this annoying, it has the potential to end in a family feud if an expensive tablet gets dropped or otherwise destroyed by a younger member of the family. The answer is, of course, to provide an alternative tablet for your kids; one that you’re comfortable with them using to their heart’s content. What follows are five Android tablets that fit the bill.

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Extreme Sports Revealed With Amazing GoPro Videos

17th April, 2013

GoPro cameras are designed to be worn or held while doing adventurous activities. They’re tough and waterproof, meaning they can survive along with you (hopefully) whether you’re jumping out of a plane, diving in the ocean, or competing in any of the extreme sports that adrenaline junkies the world over are increasingly participating. For those of us less inclined to throw ourselves into the path of danger, GoPro cameras offer a chance to see these activities from the perspective of those involved.

What Does The Future Hold For Virtual Currencies Such As Bitcoin? [You Told Us]

17th April, 2013

Bitcoin has been around for several years now, but with its price climbing to monumental highs over the past few weeks, there has been a will to explore what it is, how it’s created (or mined), and what the future may hold for this new virtual currency and others that could emerge in its wake.

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Meta – 7 Awesome Subreddits All About Reddit

17th April, 2013

Reddit is rapidly becoming my favorite site on the Web. I’m a latecomer to its powers of seduction, being a veritable n00b compared to some of the other writers here at MakeUseOf. But I’m keen to explore Reddit, learning its subtleties and gaining new insights from subreddits aplenty as I do so. As it stands I consider Reddit to be one of the seven wonders of the Web, one of the pillars the whole community is based on and around.

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Your First Day On Reddit… Fixed

11th April, 2013

Reddit is emerging as a true force on the Internet, which explains its inclusion in our list of wonders of the Web. It’s a source for news and interesting factoids, the instigator of many memes, the popularizing force of many viral videos, and an all-round entertaining place to hang out online. I thoroughly recommend it to everyone, though there will inevitably be some people who decide it isn’t for them.

What Does The Future Hold For Virtual Currencies Such As Bitcoin? [We Ask You]

11th April, 2013

Unless you’re either really lucky in life (and use cards everywhere you go) or really unlucky in life (and have no money to spend) then you will use cold, hard cash on a weekly basis. Money is usually a physical object, with coins and notes weighing down your pockets. But it isn’t always physical. Some currencies are virtual, existing in the digital realm but having no weight or substance. Bitcoin is one such virtual currency

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Make ‘Em Laugh: 10 Original YouTube Comedy Channels

10th April, 2013

Life can be depressing at times. I don’t care who you are or how good your life is, there is always the chance that something or someone can knock you off your happy pedestal and bring you down for a while. That’s why we all need to laugh. Uproariously. On a daily basis. After all, laughter is the best medicine. With the possible exception of antibiotics. With this in mind we all need to seek out sources of laughter each and every day.

Do You Love Or Hate April Fools’ Day Online? [You Told Us]

10th April, 2013

With April 2013 rapidly passing by it already feels like April Fools’ Day was an age ago. Perhaps this is because the pranks pulled by tech companies were so lame that none are memorable enough to stick with us for more than a few days. Or perhaps I’m an aging misanthrope who needs to let his hair down once in a while. It’s possible. I guess. Real-world April Fools’ Day pranks seem to be lessening in popularity these days.

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Build Spotify Music Playlists To Suit Your Mood With MixShape

10th April, 2013

I’m passionate about music. I couldn’t live without it, valuing the time spent listening to my favorite tunes. I primarily listen to music while I’m working, and I strongly recommend it to those who don’t have bosses breathing down their necks for 8 hours a day. Others listen to music while they’re working out, others still while they’re entertaining guests. That’s the thing about music; everybody has their own preferences.

Do You Love Or Hate April Fools’ Day Online? [We Ask You]

5th April, 2013

It’s now April, which means the one day of the year which celebrates jokers, pranksters, and trolls is over for another 12 months. I am of course referring to April Fools’ Day, an invented holiday that falls on April 1 each year. Some people love it, others hate it; there is very little middle ground. In the real world most people don’t bother playing tricks on people for April Fools’, a fact we should all be grateful for.

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5 Web Resources For New Chromebook Owners

4th April, 2013

The Chromebook is a form factor that splits opinion, as we previously discovered when we asked you what you thought of the netbook-like devices from Google. However, the Chromebook isn’t going away anytime soon, with Google expanding the number of markets it’s selling Chromebooks in. What follows are Web resources that could prove invaluable to any Chromebook owner.