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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Test Your Music Knowledge With The Mr. Quizter Spotify App

13th August, 2013

I regularly attend pub quizzes. Not only do these make sure I’m putting my brain to the test on a regular basis, the socializing is good for my sanity, and there’s beer available literally on tap. Unfortunately I cannot attend a pub quiz every night of the week, because I’d be both broke and an alcoholic. Thankfully there are plenty of alternative ways to quiz online, including a new Spotify app called Mr. Quizter.

7 Signs You’re A Living Piece Of Gaming History

10th August, 2013

Video games are an older form of entertainment than many people realize. They can be traced all the way back to 1947 when a patent for the “Cathode ray tube Amusement Device” was filed. Then came Spacewar! in 1961, Pong in 1972, and Space Invaders in 1978. From that moment on video games have enjoyed […]

Print Vs. Digital: What Is The Future For News? [We Ask You]

8th August, 2013

Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Internet retail giant Amazon, has bought The Washington Post for $250 million. This makes Bezos, a leading light in the digital, online world thanks to his disrupting of the bricks-and-mortar order of things, a press baron who single-handedly owns a famous newspaper. A print newspaper. These are the worlds of old media and new media colliding in spectacular fashion, once again raising the debate over where the future of news lies.

8 Google Search Tips To Keep Handy At All Times

7th August, 2013

Figures don’t lie, and the figures suggest that the majority of Internet users choose Google over the rest of the competition. With that in mind it’s important to make sure all of those Google users are utilizing all that Google has to offer when it comes to its search engine. Everyone knows how to conduct a normal search by typing some words and/or a phrase into the box provided and following the links that emerge from the overcrowded fog. But Google Search offers a lot more than just the basics.

What Would You Ban From The Internet? [You Told Us]

7th August, 2013

Last week, we asked you, What Would You Ban From The Internet? It’s impossible to completely eradicate something from existence, so this was more about what you would block people from doing or seeing online. In other words, if you were in charge of, well, everything, you would institute laws against these things. The discussion generated a high number of comments and a healthy debate.

How To Time Travel Through The Brief History Of The Internet

7th August, 2013

It’s extremely interesting to chart the history of your favorite website(s) from their origin point, all the way through their existence, and right up until the present day. And it’s entirely feasible too thanks to just a few key resources. In other words, time travel is entirely possible, as long as you only travel within the confines of the Internet.

Listen To Your Favorite Comedians On Spotify With The Official Comedy App

1st August, 2013

Unless you’ve gone searching for your favorite comedian(s) on Spotify, you’ll probably be totally unaware that they’re there. Until now. Thanks to the Official Comedy app it’s now much easier to find comedians, their albums, and even individual jokes to share on social networks, all within the confines of Spotify. It’s time to have a laugh, and not just at my overly verbose style of writing.

What Would You Ban From The Internet? [We Ask You]

1st August, 2013

The British Prime Minister David Cameron recently announced plans to ban Internet pornography. This isn’t illegal porn, which the vast majority of people would accept has no place in normal society. Instead, this is run-of-the-mill pornography that is perfectly legal to buy and view offline in most countries around the world, and involves consenting adults. This notional ban set us wondering what you, the MakeUseOf readership, would ban from the Internet.

5 Things Beyond Graphics To Get Excited Over With The PS4 & Xbox One

31st July, 2013

A new generation of consoles obviously brings better visuals with it, but graphics aren’t everything. While previous console generations relied rather heavily on improvements to how the games looked, this one is set to value a wide variety of other features above pure aesthetic appeal.

Would You Pay To Use Facebook? [You Told Us]

31st July, 2013

Every single one of the 1.2 billion people who have signed up to use Facebook will have, at some point, seen the promise on the homepage: “Sign Up, It’s free and always will be.” It’s a nice note to attach to the process, providing an assurance that Facebook will never start charging for basic access. But what about added features that could be part of a “premium” package? We asked you, Would You Pay To Use Facebook? We had a phenomenal number of responses, with many of you seeking to express your views on the notion of Facebook charging a fee.

Give Your Ears A Treat: 5 Alternative Ways To Discover New Music Online

31st July, 2013

As we mature (or to put it more bluntly, grow old) our tastes in many things change. The movies that we loved as teenagers will no longer appeal, the food we turned our noses up at as kids will now set our taste buds on fire. And the music that shaped our formative years will give way to new genres, new tempos, and new bands. But where to find this new music our brains long for and ears crave?

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10 Of The Funniest Song Parodies Of All Time On YouTube

25th July, 2013

Song parodies have existed for centuries in one form or another. We won’t be travelling that far back through the swirling mists of time, but what follows are 10 of the funniest song parodies you can watch on YouTube right now. And because we’re too good to you all you can watch them right here on this page thanks to the power of embedding.

Would You Pay To Use Facebook? [We Ask You]

25th July, 2013

Facebook is, at the present time, completely free to use. Anyone can sign up for the social network, create a profile, and connect with other people. The social network does make money though, mainly from the adverts on Facebook. I spend so much time on the Web I don’t notice adverts any more, but some people bitterly resent their presence.

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5 Beloved & Acclaimed Games That Are Incredibly Overrated

24th July, 2013

Reviewing something, whether it’s hardware, software, art, or an experience, is a deceptively tricky thing to do. You have to try and put aside personal biases and focus on the actual positives and negatives of that thing. Even if you manage to do this successfully, there will always be someone out there who disagrees with your review, and for one day only that person is me. What follows is a list of five video games that are almost universally acclaimed by the critics and beloved by gamers.

Do You Watch What You Say Online? [You Told Us]

24th July, 2013

The Internet is still considered to be something akin to The Wild West, a lawless, still-emerging set of disparate communities all vying for attention. But this isn’t actually the case, and it hasn’t been for many years. Contrary to popular belief many of the laws and rules which apply in the real world also apply online.