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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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.

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Create Your Own Simple Platformer With The Adventure Time Game Creator

24th July, 2013

Adventure Time is an animated television show which airs on Cartoon Network. It started life as a short created for Nickelodeon which became a viral video hit on the Internet. Pendleton Ward then created a full series about a human boy named Finn and his best friend Jake, a dog with magical powers. The success of the TV show has led to several games based on the series to be made for the Cartoon Network website. One of which is Adventure Time Game Creator.

Take A Break: 10 Websites To Help You Relax For Two Minutes

18th July, 2013

It’s incredibly important to take the time to relax occasionally. It doesn’t do anyone any good to constantly be ON, to be working, to be stressed by the rigors of everyday life. In the same way you need to give your body a physical break every now and then, especially if you work with computers, you also need to give your mind a rest from time to time.

Do You Watch What You Say Online? [We Ask You]

18th July, 2013

Piracy is an obvious way in which the two worlds collide, as we discussed last week. Another way the two butt heads is with the right to free speech and laws pertaining to libel. There have been countless examples of people saying something online which has got them into trouble in ways they could never have foreseen. Which leads us to this week’s We Ask You discussion.

5 Free-To-Play Games Coming To PlayStation 4

17th July, 2013

The PlayStation 4 has some fantastic games heading its way, which is one of the multitude of reasons why you should buy the Sony console over the Xbox One. Having already looked at five games exclusive to the PS4, it’s now time to look at five PS4 games that will be free-to-play (F2P). Gaming can be an expensive hobby, unless you utilize some of the many ways you can game on the cheap. It’s especially expensive at the start of a new generation of hardware, with the consoles sold at a premium until the costs come down enough for the manufacturers to cut prices. This won’t leave the average gamer with much money left to buy the actual games they want to play.

What Should Be Done About Online Piracy? [You Told Us]

17th July, 2013

Laws against piracy of copyrighted materials existed well before the invention of the Internet, but this interconnected network of computers has turned piracy into an immediate and unfortunate problem for copyright owners of all shapes and sizes. The question is, where do we go from here? We sought to find answers to the problem of piracy in last week’s We Ask You column.