Mark O'Neill

Joined August 2007

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Freelance journalist, English teacher, Gun-For-Hire

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Yahoo Searchmonkey Expands with Playable Music Tracks

21st September, 2008

Back in June, I wrote about how Yahoo was attempting to turn the search engine concept on its head with its Searchmonkey platform. This involved giving the searcher more information on the page and making the results more relevant, accurate, user-friendly and visually appealing. Well now Yahoo is going one step further by introducing the […]


Google Introduces Video Audio Indexing to Labs

19th September, 2008

In their quest to make everything searchable, Google is now starting to index what is being spoken in video clips, or to be more precise, what is being spoken in YouTube clips. This is done by using speech recognition technology to convert the audio into words which is then indexed into Google search. Then if […]


Access Your Websites Quickly With Firefox’s Fast Dial

15th September, 2008

The one and ONLY thing I like about the Opera browser is its ‘speed dial’ feature, where you can click on thumbnails of websites and be taken to those sites immediately. I loved having my favourite websites on the screen as pictures that I could just click with my mouse. So a few weeks back, […]


Watch Online Products for Price Drops with ShoppingNotes

13th September, 2008

You know the old stereotype I’m sure – a Scotsman is careful with his money. A Scotsman loves a bargain. Well that is especially true with me. I hate to overspend and if you want to make me happy, give me a good deal on something. Especially on books. I love buying books (to the […]


Merge Multiple Video Files With VirtualDub

5th September, 2008

My mother and I have a tradition. Every year, she sends me a DVD recording of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo which is shown on BBC television every August. I have quite a few years worth of Tattoo recordings now – mostly Scottish bagpipe music so when I get a bit homesick, I turn it on, […]


Welcome To The Improved Make Use Of Comments Area

31st August, 2008

For quite a while now, Aibek and I have been discussing how to turn Make Use Of into a better site for our readers and one of the areas we’ve been looking at is the comments area. Our long-time readers will know that the comments area has been a bit on the plain side (a […]


How To Make MP3 Mobile Ringtones With Audacity

29th August, 2008

A couple of days back, after surviving an accident, my girlfriend’s father decided to cheer me up by giving me his very nice Sony Ericsson K750i mobile phone. This gave me the opportunity to learn how to make MP3 ringtones – and it made me realise it’s not as difficult as I thought. All you […]


Easily Split And Merge PDF Files With This Easy Tool

20th August, 2008

I am a lifelong fan of Adobe PDF files but I am unwilling to pay a minimum $300 for Adobe Acrobat. I would much rather look around for free open-source alternatives and today I found a nice little software tool that allows you to take a PDF file and split it up into lots of […]


Let A Picture Be Your Password With ObPwd

18th August, 2008

We all know how difficult it can be to keep your online accounts safe and how hackers are always trying to break into accounts with dictionary attacks. This is why you should never use short simple passwords that you can find in a dictionary such as your name, the name of your partner, child, dog, […]


Google Adsense for Feeds Finally Goes Live

16th August, 2008

After a long wait, Google Adsense for Feeds has finally goes live. This gives Adsense customers the opportunity to earn some extra revenue by inserting Google adverts inside their blog RSS Feedburner feeds, either at the top or at the bottom of their posts. You can also choose whether the adverts appear in each post, […]


How To Avoid Long Distance SMS Charges using Twitter

9th August, 2008

I am in the habit of sending regular SMS messages to one of my best friends who lives in the United States. But each SMS message I send (from Germany) costs only what it would cost to send the message to someone in the United Kingdom. How do I manage that? By routing the message […]


Which RSS Reader Do You Prefer? [Poll]

5th August, 2008

Yes Make Use Of readers, contain your growing excitement. It’s time for another poll! (we know you all love a good poll). So the question for today is what RSS feed reader do you prefer? RSS has become a big part of the net. Instead of constantly checking your favourite sites to see if they […]


Powersurf Through Friendfeed With StumbleRead

4th August, 2008

With Friendfeed growing more and more in popularity, never a week goes by without another new application popping up claiming to make your Friendfeed experience an easier one. The latest one doing the rounds is StumbleRead which allows you to “stumble” through the latest stories on Friendfeed very fast so you can rapidly leave lots […]


Welcome July’s Recruits To Make Use Of’s Writing Team

31st July, 2008

Please welcome the latest – and for the moment the last – recruits to the Make Use Of writing squad. We’ve now decided to put our recruiting on hold for at least a few months while we put our existing staff through their paces to see if they’ve got what it takes to give you the […]


Toss Broken Keyboard to side with Portable On-Screen Keyboard

30th July, 2008

In my capacity as “the guy who knows something about computers”, I occasionally get a phone call from a frantic friend or acquaintance to come round and help them fix their computer. Their problems normally come about because they’d thought they’d see what would happen if they deleted the “Windows” folder or because they thought […]