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Dave Parrack

Entertainment Editor / Joined 2 December, 2011

Dave Parrack is a journalist from the UK. Growing up at a time when the internet was blossoming inspired his fascination with technology. With 10 years experience writing online, he's currently the Tech News writer and Entertainment editor at MakeUseOf. You can follow him at About.me.

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10 Of The Best Animated Christmas Lights Displays For The Holidays

Web Culture

10 Of The Best Animated Christmas Lights Displays For The Holidays

It has arrived. There is no doubting it now. We are in the holiday season, with Thanksgiving and Black Friday signaling its starting point. It’s less than a month until Christmas, when cards, gifts, and overeating are the order of the day. Along with the occasional family argument. And before the big day arrives there are trees, and perhaps even houses, to decorate.

29-11-2012
10 Of The Best Animated Christmas Lights Displays For The Holidays
5 Ways In Which Xbox Live Has Changed Gaming – For Better Or Worse [Opinion]

Gaming

5 Ways In Which Xbox Live Has Changed Gaming – For Better Or Worse [Opinion]

It’s difficult to remember a time when games consoles didn’t connect to the Internet. I’m now so used to online features being an integral part of the gaming experience, that it’s easy to forget that this wasn’t the case just a decade ago. A decade is how long Xbox Live has been with us, with Microsoft launching the service in 2002. At that stage in time PC gamers had been playing online for many years, and the Xbox wasn’t even the first console to feature Internet connectivity.

28-11-2012
5 Ways In Which Xbox Live Has Changed Gaming – For Better Or Worse [Opinion]
The Useless Web – StumbleUpon For The Strange Side Of The Internet

Internet

The Useless Web – StumbleUpon For The Strange Side Of The Internet

There are thought to be around 7.6 billion pages on the Web at the time of writing. Even I, someone who spends most of their life online in some capacity or other, would never be able to visit every single page. Having so many pages on the Web means a little curation goes a long way. Which is part of the reason MakeUseOf itself exists; to find the best sites on the Web so you don’t have to do so. The thing is, a fair proportion of that total aren’t going to be especially useful.

28-11-2012
The Useless Web – StumbleUpon For The Strange Side Of The Internet
Too Good To Be True: 5 Things To Look For When Buying A Cheap Tablet

Product Reviews

Too Good To Be True: 5 Things To Look For When Buying A Cheap Tablet

I’m a big fan of tablets, that new wave of mobile devices that sits comfortably between smartphones and laptops. They’re not for everybody. In fact, some people consider them a waste of time and money, preferring instead to split their time between the two other devices mentioned previously. I prefer to think of tablets as luxury items: no one really needs one but many people desire owning one. The thing is, not all tablets are created equal.

22-11-2012
Too Good To Be True: 5 Things To Look For When Buying A Cheap Tablet
Do You Sit, Stand, or Lounge When Using Your Computer? [You Told Us]

Web Culture

Do You Sit, Stand, or Lounge When Using Your Computer? [You Told Us]

More and more people are using computers – both for work and for pleasure – for long periods at a time. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s a practice that promotes a sedentary lifestyle. This certainly is a bad thing, as there are countless maladies connected to inactivity and obesity. This emerging understanding and knowledge of how some of us are doing harm to our bodies.

21-11-2012
Do You Sit, Stand, or Lounge When Using Your Computer? [You Told Us]
Start a Virtual Band Using JAM With Chrome

Browsers

Start a Virtual Band Using JAM With Chrome

Being in a band while growing up is one of those rites of passage many people go through. Unfortunately it’s only a select few bands which break out of their local vicinity to experience nationwide, or even worldwide, fame and fortune. However, even those who only ever get a couple of gigs playing to their family and friends still get to live out their dreams, even if it’s only on a very temporary basis.

21-11-2012
Start a Virtual Band Using JAM With Chrome
Matching Movies To Your Mood: Do These Tools Work?

Internet

Matching Movies To Your Mood: Do These Tools Work?

There is something magical about movies. In the space of two hours a whole story is told from beginning to end. With a middle that hopefully leaves you feeling something, anything, for the characters and the situation they found themselves in. Not all movies are created equal, of course, and there are as many bad ones as there are good. Which is where the Web comes in to its own.

15-11-2012
Matching Movies To Your Mood: Do These Tools Work?
6 Dreamcast Games That Stand The Test Of Time [MUO Gaming]

Gaming

6 Dreamcast Games That Stand The Test Of Time [MUO Gaming]

In many ways the Dreamcast is the forgotten console in video games history. It didn’t sell well, it didn’t stick around long, and it never quite lived up to its early promise. However, those who owned one at the time it was on the market invariably loved it, and hold it in high regard even today. I owned a Dreamcast at the time, and still own one now. The Dreamcast was the last home games console from Sega.

14-11-2012
6 Dreamcast Games That Stand The Test Of Time [MUO Gaming]
Celebrate Movember & The Magnificence Of Mustaches With These Web Resources

Web Culture

Celebrate Movember & The Magnificence Of Mustaches With These Web Resources

It’s Movember. No, that isn’t a typo, it’s meant to be an “m” rather than an “n” as November has once again been accosted by men sporting magnificent mustaches in order to raise awareness of male health issues. It’s a serious subject brought out into the open by a month-long effort to grow facial hair. And do any of us really need as excuse to grow a mustache anyway?

14-11-2012
Celebrate Movember & The Magnificence Of Mustaches With These Web Resources
How To Build A Cheap Standing Desk From Ikea, And What It’s Like To Use

DIY

How To Build A Cheap Standing Desk From Ikea, And What It’s Like To Use

There’s a current craze emerging for standing desks, literally desks that you stand at while working. Having spent the last five years as a self-employed freelance writer who spends most of his days sat at a desk, I’ve experienced back problems as well as instances of the seemingly unavoidable repetitive strain injury. Perhaps a standing desk is the solution to my problems.

08-11-2012
How To Build A Cheap Standing Desk From Ikea, And What It’s Like To Use
Annoy Everybody With Infinite Gangnam Style

Web Culture

Annoy Everybody With Infinite Gangnam Style

I’m thankful that not everybody in the world likes the same things. It’s a fortunate fact of life that each of us as individuals has different interests and hobbies, and also gravitates towards certain genres, whether it be in movies, television shows, games, or music. However, there are certain things that possess an indefinable quality that means they transcend the vagaries of personal taste. Gangnam Style by PSY is one example.

07-11-2012
Annoy Everybody With Infinite Gangnam Style
Play James Bond Text Adventure To See If You Could Work For MI6

Gaming

Play James Bond Text Adventure To See If You Could Work For MI6

If you’re of a certain age you’ll be aware of text adventures. These simple games were both fun and frustrating in equal measure, requiring the player to use stock commands to guide the character through the situations encountered, and telling a story in the process. The fun was derived from these games being a kind of interactive fiction, while the frustration emerged when simple commands were misunderstood or ignored.

07-11-2012
Play James Bond Text Adventure To See If You Could Work For MI6
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