Mark O'Neill

Joined August 2007

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Freelance journalist, English teacher, Gun-For-Hire

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Software Piracy – The Untold Tales [INFOGRAPHIC]

5th September, 2011

Piracy and illegal file sharing is a curse for any developer and software company. As soon as the new version of a popular piece of software hits the streets, it is pretty much being pirated before you can say “o-arrr!”. Same with games, music and movies. For every person who buys something legally, there’s probably 10 who are taking the risk of stealing it.


Interesting Stuff From My RSS Feed

1st September, 2011

After James’ post on some of the feeds in his RSS list, I decided I would keep the momentum going with a little show and tell of my own. As the managing editor of MakeUseOf, I keep on top of a huge number of official RSS feeds for various websites but if we remove all those ones, which other ones live inside my Google Reader? Here’s a small selection.


One-Third Of Americans More Willing To Give Up Sex Than Their Mobile Phones [INFOGRAPHIC]

29th August, 2011

New research has suggested that British people are becoming even more addicted to their mobile phones, with more than half of adults and two-thirds of teenagers saying that “they have used their smartphone while socializing with others”. But American mobile users love their phones even more with one third saying they would rather give up sex than part with their phone.


How To Twitter Effectively [INFOGRAPHIC]

15th August, 2011

Twitter can be quite addictive but you have to do it the right way to get the most out of it. That’s why I wrote The Complete Guide To Twitter some time back and I highly recommend that you read it. Twiends has also produced a fantastic infographic showing how to quickly get started with Twitter, from choosing the right username to understanding hashtags and lists.


Class Of 2011 : Social Media Yearbook [INFOGRAPHIC]

8th August, 2011

Yes it’s time for another infographic (this time, presented by Classfinders) and this one cleverly compares all the social networks out there with the kinds of schoolkids who would be most likely to be on them in 2011. No surprises as the new hot babe that “everyone is going bananas” for is none other than Google Plus.


More Americans Are On Facebook Than Have A Passport [INFOGRAPHIC]

4th August, 2011

Google Plus may have arrived on the social networking scene, smashing in like a bull in a china shop, but it’s still going to take some doing for the search engine giant to dislodge the Big Boy On The Block, Facebook. Everyone who’s everyone online has a Facebook account, and this may partly account for the fact that there are now more US Facebook account holders than US passport holders.


Where Is The World’s Data Being Stored? [INFOGRAPHIC]

21st July, 2011

As the Internet gets bigger and bigger, so do the places needed to store all of that data. But where are these data centers exactly? Which ones are the largest and who owns them? How can we put 600 Exabytes into perspective so that we can truly understand its size?


Open ZIP & RAR With GDocs: Send Zipped Files To Google Docs Without Downloading Them

21st July, 2011

Compressed ZIP and RAR archives help pack multiple files into a smaller sized package which makes sharing them easier. But downloading such archives from unknown sources is not an intelligent move as they can contain viruses. Here to help you view the contents of an archive without downloading it as a tool called Open ZIP […]


Looking To Upgrade Your Wardrobe? Then Check Out The MakeUseOf T-Shirt Store!

19th July, 2011

Are the t-shirts in your wardrobe starting to look a little tatty? Are the holes in your favorite shirt so big that it’s become positively embarrassing when you have company round? Do you want to impress those around you with your impeccable fashion tastes? If that’s the case, can we interest you in a cool geeky MakeUseOf T-shirt?


The Sony Playstation Network Hack [Infographic]

6th July, 2011

It’s not been a good time for Sony’s Public Relations in the past few months with not only one but two breaches of their Playstation Network, and they didn’t exactly help their cause when they decided to delay telling their subscribers about the intrusions. They eventually admitted that customer information was out there in the wild.

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Several Tips To Help You Get Started With Google Plus

4th July, 2011

Google’s latest attempt to get into social networking has started to slowly get off the ground and so far, the reception has been overwhelmingly positive. That is, if you have managed to snag a beta invite to get in. With invites currently being sold on eBay, demand to get into Google Plus is currently very high.


[ANNOUNCEMENT] 107 Best Websites On The Web

30th June, 2011

Here at MakeUseOf, we love websites. It’s our very reason for existing and when new sites pop up, we’re one of the first to get all hot and bothered about it. But with an estimated 350 million websites out there on the World Wide Web (and tens of thousands more starting up new every day), how do you know which ones are the best for your individual needs?


Feeling All Hot & Sweaty? Then Check Out The MakeUseOf T-Shirt Store!

20th June, 2011

Summer is fast approaching! The birds are tweeting, the flowers are blooming, and you may be considering overhauling your wardrobe, in anticipation of the warm weather to come. If that’s the case, can we interest you in a cool geeky MakeUseOf T-shirt? High quality shirts for only $16.95 and shipping to anywhere in the world! Check them out!


The Six Biggest Websites On The Internet Compared [INFOGRAPHIC]

13th June, 2011

Have you ever been curious what the six biggest websites on the Internet are, how many visitors they get, as well as the breakdown in demographics for those visitors? Well now you can satisfy your curiosity with MakeUseOf’s new infographic, designed by Dona Collins who is an infographic artist, blogger, teacher, and a writer of financial articles for


Apple Approves Its 500,000th Store App [INFOGRAPHIC]

25th May, 2011

It’s common in most situations for iPhone users to say “there’s an app for that!” Well, there are in fact so many apps in the Apple App Store that the company has just approved the 500,000th app. Compare that to its nearest rival, Google Android, which only has 100,000 apps in its Market, and you’ll see instantly that Steve Jobs and Co have a very substantial lead over their competitors.