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Dave Parrack

Deputy Editor / Joined 2 December, 2011

Dave Parrack is a British writer with a fascination for all things tech. With over 10 years experience writing for online publications, he's now a Deputy Editor at MakeUseOf.

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Atari Arcade – Play Retro Video Games In HTML5 [MUO Gaming]

Gaming

Atari Arcade – Play Retro Video Games In HTML5 [MUO Gaming]

Anyone who plays video games today owes a huge debt of gratitude to Atari and the founders and engineers who worked for the company during its formative years. Atari was responsible for many of the earliest arcade games and some of the earliest games consoles, and throughout the 1970s and 1980s helped shape the industry that now competes with Hollywood in terms of budgets and earnings.

13-09-2012
Atari Arcade – Play Retro Video Games In HTML5 [MUO Gaming]
7 Great Sites & Tools to Help You Win at Twitter

Internet

7 Great Sites & Tools to Help You Win at Twitter

Twitter is built on a very basic and logical concept. You set up an account, and then send messages (or tweets) up to 140-characters long for all to read. Those following you will see these tweets appear in chronological order along with the tweets of everybody else they follow. And you can follow others to see tweets in the same chronological order. However, that simple underpinning belies a more complex and convoluted set of rules and etiquette.

12-09-2012
7 Great Sites & Tools to Help You Win at Twitter
Discover The Best Of The Web With The New Digg v1

Internet

Discover The Best Of The Web With The New Digg v1

Digg was such a huge hit that content creators actively tried to get their material linked to on the site in order to experience the huge increase in traffic, known as the Digg effect, that resulted. At this point in the story all was well. By 2010 traffic had started to drop off. Betaworks finally bought Digg for a reported $500,000 earlier this year, and the company has set about trying to relaunch the site as a new, contemporary social media site.

06-09-2012
Discover The Best Of The Web With The New Digg v1
8 Essential Twitter Accounts for Apple Fanboys

Internet

8 Essential Twitter Accounts for Apple Fanboys

I’m not an Apple fanboy myself but I do know a few. They don’t deserve the treatment they receive, and have done throughout history. They’re still human, and still people who need love and attention just like everybody else. A Genius may be able to fix their iPhone without even trying, but they won’t provide the hugs these people will inevitably need on occasion. You know, like when they cannot afford the new new iPad on day one.

05-09-2012
8 Essential Twitter Accounts for Apple Fanboys
Is Microsoft on the Verge of Greatness Again? [You Told Us]

Windows

Is Microsoft on the Verge of Greatness Again? [You Told Us]

In recent years Microsoft, as great a company as it may be, has given off a turgid stench suggesting its best years are behind it. But with Windows 8, Windows Phone, the Surface tablets, the next Xbox and Kinect, Outlook, and Office, Microsoft is looking keen, nimble, and ready to reach the dizzying heights of undeniable greatness once more. Or perhaps not. Last week’s We Ask You was your chance to opine on this topic.

05-09-2012
Is Microsoft on the Verge of Greatness Again? [You Told Us]
Share Opinions Online With Amirite.com… Amirite?

Internet

Share Opinions Online With Amirite.com… Amirite?

The Internet seems to have had a strange effect on people when it comes to the sharing of opinions. It’s as though the chance to air a particular point of view to the world – whether the world in question is a few close friends or thousands of total strangers – is too good an opportunity to pass up. Amirite.com is one such website, offering an outlet for people to share their random thoughts and a way of gauging whether the opinions they hold dear.

05-09-2012
Share Opinions Online With Amirite.com… Amirite?
8 Reasons Why I’m Buying GTA V On Release Day [MUO Gaming]

Gaming

8 Reasons Why I’m Buying GTA V On Release Day [MUO Gaming]

Grand Theft Auto V is definitely on its way. This is a fact we know for sure, but everything else about the game is draped in a cloth of mystery. We don’t know when it’s being released, the main protagonist, the setting, the storyline, or anything else of substance. Many people have had educated guesses, but we’re still mostly in the dark. However, I already know I’ll be buying GTA V on its release day. What follows are 8 reasons GTA V will be a day one purchase for me, and possibly for you too.

30-08-2012
8 Reasons Why I’m Buying GTA V On Release Day [MUO Gaming]
Learn About Neil Armstrong & The Apollo 11 Moon Landing On The Web

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Learn About Neil Armstrong & The Apollo 11 Moon Landing On The Web

Neil Armstrong passed away on Aug. 25, 2012, after a life filled with magnificent achievements. Sadly, his death prompted many people across the InterWebs, particularly on social media sites, to ask, Who was Neil Armstrong, and why should I know of him? Surely everyone should know who Neil Armstrong was and what he achieved. After all, he will always be the first person to have walked on the moon.

29-08-2012
Learn About Neil Armstrong & The Apollo 11 Moon Landing On The Web
How & How Often Do You Back Up Your Files? [You Told Us]

Windows Mac

How & How Often Do You Back Up Your Files? [You Told Us]

Digital formats are a brilliant innovation let down by one fatal flaw: If anything bad happens – be it theft, failure, or natural disaster – to the physical object housing the data, then a lifetime of work (or more likely your whole music and movie collections) can literally be lost forever.
This is why backing up your digital data is so important. This prompted the question in last week’s We Ask You querying your methods for preventing that possibly cataclysmic loss happening to you.

29-08-2012
How & How Often Do You Back Up Your Files? [You Told Us]
8 Essential Technology Journalists To Follow On Twitter

Internet

8 Essential Technology Journalists To Follow On Twitter

If you’re reading this then the chances are you’re a fan of technology. I would also hope, as a fan of technology, you’re on Twitter by now. But who should you follow on Twitter? I’ve sorted the wheat from the chaff to bring you a rundown of the 8 essential technology journalists you should be following on Twitter. Now. Go. Do it. Well, after you get to the end of the article at least.

29-08-2012
8 Essential Technology Journalists To Follow On Twitter
7 Fake World Leaders You Should Follow On Twitter

Internet

7 Fake World Leaders You Should Follow On Twitter

Twitter isn’t for everybody. But whether you have love or hate for Twitter it’s hard not to acknowledge how it has changed the way we communicate, not only with each other but with famous people too. Twitter makes it immensely easy to contact celebrities, and even politicians and world leaders have accounts (although they’re usually run by a lackey or two rather than themselves).

22-08-2012
7 Fake World Leaders You Should Follow On Twitter
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