Mark O'Neill

Joined August 2007

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Freelance journalist, English teacher, Gun-For-Hire

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A Peek Inside Online Retailers’ Warehouses [INFOGRAPHIC]

30th March, 2012

We all find it very convenient to order online from a site like Amazon. But once we press the “buy” button, we don’t give the purchase a second thought until it arrives, and if it’s late, we’re quick to raise hell. But have you ever wondered what happens exactly behind the scenes when you press that “buy” button? Check out today’s infographic which alleges some pretty horrendous working conditions.


PDF – The World’s Digital Document [INFOGRAPHIC]

28th March, 2012

I absolutely love PDF files as they are very practical. They’re easy to read, you can encrypt them, sign them, split, rotate and watermark them, merge them, and navigating a PDF is effortless. In fact, you don’t really need the very expensive Adobe Acrobat because there are lots of services out there that will create PDF files for you (Office 2007 for example offers on-the-fly PDF creation of all Word files).


Wikipedia – Redefining Research [INFOGRAPHIC]

26th March, 2012

Jimmy Wales must be chortling into his cheerios when he sees how his baby called Wikipedia has influenced so many areas of life, both online and offline. Despite the fact that Wikipedia seems to be on a neverending begging quest for donations, it is still the number one dominant site when it comes to reference articles, winning pub quizzes, cheating at homework assignments and assassinating 244 year old print encyclopedias.


Gamers Get All Girls [INFOGRAPHIC]

23rd March, 2012

In a way, it’s a pity I’m married because if not, I’d be getting my World of Warcraft subscription right now to test this theory – do gamers really get the girls? (or the boys, let’s not be sexist). Is romance really likely to blossom while you are ruthlessly destroying your enemies with a rocket launcher? The following infographic looks into this very subject.


7 Reasons To Embrace Online Culture [INFOGRAPHIC]

19th March, 2012

Everyone and everything is now on the web, and if not, then they should be. More and more of our lives are becoming inter-connected with one another, whether we are doing our banking online, buying birthday presents for mum, or chatting to someone on the other side of the world. The Internet rules the Earth and it’s here to stay. Which makes my mum nervous as she probably imagines a nuclear apocalypse every time my dad boots up his laptop.


The Neurology Of Gaming [INFOGRAPHIC]

16th March, 2012

I am not that much into gaming but I know a lot of people who are, and after showing them today’s infographic, all of them had very mixed reactions. One wanted to shoot me with his laser gun, another wanted to blow me up with his Apache helicopter missiles while a third started humming the Tetris music while trying to bend me into a weird shape to fit into the corner of the room.


Read The Best Of Reddit With The Monthly Downloadable “The Redditor” Magazine

12th March, 2012

Social media is a fast moving business with thousands of links flashing before your very eyes. If you blink, sleep, or take a bathroom break, you could miss the next big story or meme – and which self-respecting Internet surfer wants that to happen to them? That’s why Reddit’s new free monthly downloadable PDF magazine is essential reading if you want to see what you’ve missed in the Reddit world.


A Day On The Internet [INFOGRAPHIC]

7th March, 2012

I absolutely love my job as managing editor of but many people, family included, look upon what I do with a lot of bemusement, a kind of “is he STILL deluded into thinking that’s a JOB? When is he going to act responsibly and get a REAL job?”. But the infographic below is a classic example of why the Internet is the best place to be working – because it’s where everything is happening baby!


Breaking Down Google’s 2011 Revenues [INFOGRAPHIC]

3rd March, 2012

If I had to choose only three words to describe Google, I would choose “money making factory”. That company just can’t make enough it seems. According to today’s infographic (courtesy of WordStream), the search giant made a whopping $37.9 billion last year, most of which came from their Adwords advertising program. Although it is not as much as say Microsoft or Apple, almost $38 billion is nothing to sniff at.


The Shocking Effects Of The Google Driverless Car [INFOGRAPHIC]

1st March, 2012

The future is closer than you might think. Thanks to Google’s top secret research department, Google X, driverless cars are now a reality and could be hitting the mainstream in the not too distant future. Nevada has become the first US state to pass a law allowing driverless cars on the roads in their state, and Google is even considering getting into the automobile industry by manufacturing the cars themselves.


Is Bill Gates Better Than Batman? [INFOGRAPHIC]

23rd February, 2012

It’s the question that has been asked time and time again through the ages – is Bill Gates better than Batman? Or does the Caped Crusader come out on top every time? Well let’s examine some of the evidence, as well as check out today’s infographic.


Whatever Happened To Ringtones? [INFOGRAPHIC]

22nd February, 2012

I never really thought about this much until I saw this infographic today but annoying ringtones do seem to be on the decline. I mean, I can’t remember the last time I heard “I’m too sexy” blaring out in a crowded room or Bohemian Rhapsody making everyone in the bus instinctively start twitching their heads back and forth, Wayne’s World style. But hey, I can’t talk.


Happy 19th Birthday Text Messaging [INFOGRAPHIC]

15th February, 2012

It’s hard to believe but it has been just over 19 years since the first text message was sent from a computer to a mobile phone, and 18 years since the first phones were produced that allowed people to send text messages to one another. These days, text messaging is so common and widespread (especially among the younger generation) that it is hard to think of a time when it did not exist.


How To Create An Infographic [INFOGRAPHIC]

9th February, 2012

Here at MakeUseOf, we get lots of infographic submissions sent to us on a regular basis. Some fall under the category “EXCELLENT!” while a lot others get deleted right away. A lot also falls into the middle category which I like to call the “meh” category (thank you Lisa and Bart Simpson). The fact is that creating a quality infographic is not an easy task and not everyone can do it properly.


The World Of Online Shopping [INFOGRAPHIC]

7th February, 2012

I remember when I was a child that every Saturday was shopping day. My mum would take my brother and I to this huge shopping center where we would get what we needed and then go for lunch before heading home. This was the 1980’s, a time when there was no Internet and the only way you could buy what you wanted was to go out to the shops and get it yourself. Fast forward 30 years and the situation has completely changed.