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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10 Videos Exploring The Internet As It Was In The 1990s

22nd August, 2013

The history of the Internet stretches back as far as 1969, but it didn’t become popular until the 1990s when the whole thing became commercialized, ISPs started offering access, and the World Wide Web emerged to give normal people something to actually do online. What did the Internet look like to people in the early 1990s when the vast majority had likely never even heard of it, let alone used it. For the purposes of both education and entertainment we can travel back in time to 1995 (or thereabouts). And it’s all thanks to the power of YouTube.

Will You Be Buying Either A “Gold” iPhone Or “Cheap” iPhone? [We Ask You]

22nd August, 2013

One new iPhone is going for gold, the other is going cheap. And Steve Jobs is spinning in his grave. We want to know, Will You Be Buying Either A “Gold” iPhone Or “Cheap” iPhone? You can, of course, also tell us if you’re not interested in buying either. But we want to know the why and wherefore beyond just a simple Yes or No.

Besides Android & iPhone, Is There Room For Another Mobile OS? [You Told Us]

21st August, 2013

We asked you, Besides Android & iPhone, Is There Room For Another Mobile OS? We had a healthy response to this question, with dozens of you chiming in with your verdict on whether Android and iOS, the aforementioned operating systems, have the market sewn up, or are instead ripe to be taken down a peg or two by a young pretender to the throne.

Pica Pic Brings Classic Handheld Electronic Games To The Web

20th August, 2013

Before the original Game Boy arrived on the scene as the 1980s gave way to the 1990s, all eager gamers had to play while out of the house were handheld electronic games that came as part of a single unit. There was no swapping games in and out, you bought the unit, and you were stuck playing that game until such time as you (or, more likely, your parents) bought a replacement. I don’t particularly miss those days, but because they happened during my childhood I have an occasional yearning to revisit them for a dose of nostalgia. Which is where a website called Pica Pic proves its worth.

Besides Android & iPhone, Is There Room For Another Mobile OS? [We Ask You]

14th August, 2013

With so many people owning smartphones, and their constant desire to upgrade to a better model, it’s no wonder that more manufacturers are trying to get a foothold on the bottom rung of the ladder. But is it too late? Have Google and Apple pulled up that ladder behind them to ensure it’s a one-on-one fight for dominance rather than a free-for-all brawl?

10 Fictional Characters That Are Insanely Popular On Facebook

14th August, 2013

Lots of people like to “Like” things. I am of course referring to the Facebook Like, which has become a simple shortcut to stamping your approval on something. It’s time to take a look at the most popular fictional characters on Facebook. These are public figures who are so beloved by the general public they’ve managed to rack up millions of Facebook Likes. And yet none of them actually exist in the real world. Who are these people?

Print Vs. Digital: What Is The Future For News? [You Told Us]

13th August, 2013

We asked you, Print Vs. Digital: What Is The Future For News? This question elicited a rather disappointing response, with just a handful of interested parties choosing to have their say on the issue. Still, those good people who did get involved generally had lots to say on the matter. The picture that emerged from the comments is one where print media is revered but is almost certain to be heading for destruction.

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.