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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 Hilarious Apple Ad Parody Videos for the Non-Fanboys & Fangirls

Web Culture

10 Hilarious Apple Ad Parody Videos for the Non-Fanboys & Fangirls

If you’re an Apple fanboy or fangirl then Apple can do no wrong. And their commercials are perfect slices of marketing genius that border on being works of art. The rest of us find most of them a little pretentious, to say the least. From the PC vs. Mac and iPod ads right through to the MacBook Air and Siri ads, all Apple commercials have a particular look and feel to them.

07-03-2012
10 Hilarious Apple Ad Parody Videos for the Non-Fanboys & Fangirls
Why You Should Never Spend More Than $10 On An HDMI Cable

Product Reviews

Why You Should Never Spend More Than $10 On An HDMI Cable

To get the best out of your HD equipment, be it a nice widescreen television, a Blu-ray player, a PS3, or an HD streaming set-top box, you need at least one HDMI cable. Or more than likely, several HDMI cables. The thing is the pricing of HDMI cables varies wildly, from a few cents on one from the likes of Amazon to $100 or more from big-box retailers and ’boutique’ manufacturers. Why does the pricing vary so wildly?

29-02-2012
Why You Should Never Spend More Than $10 On An HDMI Cable
5 Hilarious Anti-Apple Videos You Must Watch

Web Culture

5 Hilarious Anti-Apple Videos You Must Watch

I don’t have any love for Apple. I don’t have any hate either. In fact, I find it odd that anyone would express such strong emotions, whether positive or negative, for a technology company. Or any company for that matter, whatever business it happens to be in. This means that while I don’t hate Apple, I can’t abide Apple fanboys. Thankfully I’m not alone.

29-02-2012
5 Hilarious Anti-Apple Videos You Must Watch
Artweaver: Weaving Art for Free on the PC [Windows]

Windows

Artweaver: Weaving Art for Free on the PC [Windows]

Give me a blank canvas and some pencils, charcoal, or paint, and I’ll rustle something up without a problem. It won’t be worthy of hanging in a gallery but my mum would hang it in her living room. But give me some digital art software and you’ll get a blank look in return. Digital art is most certainly not my forte. Thankfully it doesn’t actually matter when there are programs as good and as free to use as Artweaver available.

24-02-2012
Artweaver: Weaving Art for Free on the PC [Windows]
Is Everyone Ripping Off Apple’s Designs? [Opinion]

Web Culture

Is Everyone Ripping Off Apple’s Designs? [Opinion]

Apple’s products all have a certain look to them. Steve Jobs and Jonathan Ive wouldn’t have it any other way. The question is whether everyone is ripping off Apple’s designs at this point in time – and in the most glaring of fashions. It’s a question that is being asked in protracted legal battles around the world, and that’s no exaggeration.

22-02-2012
Is Everyone Ripping Off Apple’s Designs? [Opinion]
Why Websites With Dark Backgrounds Completely Suck [Opinion]

Internet

Why Websites With Dark Backgrounds Completely Suck [Opinion]

You’re reading MakeUseOf right now, a website which primarily uses dark text on a light background. Which is as it should be. That bar across the top with light text on a dark background, and the section at the bottom which hardly anyone reads, are fine because they’re just small parts of the site. Any more and I would have to give my bosses advice on how to improve the look and feel of the site as a whole.

15-02-2012
Why Websites With Dark Backgrounds Completely Suck [Opinion]
What Is The Imbecilic Art Of Vaguebooking?

Internet

What Is The Imbecilic Art Of Vaguebooking?

You may not have heard of the term Vaguebooking, but I can guarantee you will have seen at least one example of it in action. Certainly if you’re active on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or any one of the numerous other social networks open to us all. In fact, you probably see it on a daily basis. If you have those kinds of virtual friends. There was a time when people kept diaries in order to express their innermost thoughts and feelings.

15-02-2012
What Is The Imbecilic Art Of Vaguebooking?
How To Watch TV On The Web With BBC iPlayer [Mainly UK Only]

Internet

How To Watch TV On The Web With BBC iPlayer [Mainly UK Only]

The Internet is becoming an increasingly important source for content of all media. There are legal and not-so-legal ways of listening to music, watching television and movies, playing games, and obtaining software. All via a simple broadband connection. You don’t even need a computer these days thanks to the range of devices which you can hook up to the Web in order to transform them from dumb to smart.

09-02-2012
How To Watch TV On The Web With BBC iPlayer [Mainly UK Only]
10 Websites Where Cool Computer Geeks Reside

Internet

10 Websites Where Cool Computer Geeks Reside

Geeks were once ridiculed and reviled. Or perhaps that was just at my school. Either way, as first computers hit the mainstream, and then the Internet entered into our lives in a big way, geeks became the people to know. In fact, they started being considered cool. The Internet is now awash with places for these geeks to hang out, and they do so in increasing numbers.

08-02-2012
10 Websites Where Cool Computer Geeks Reside
Will Windows 8 Succeed Or Fail? [Opinion]

Windows

Will Windows 8 Succeed Or Fail? [Opinion]

Microsoft is trying to make Windows 8 be all things to all people. Or at least all operating systems to all devices. A risky strategy that has rarely, if ever, worked. This is Microsoft reaching for the future with one hand, while trying to drag the old-school stylings of its Windows operating system from the past along for the ride. Can this possibly work? Is Microsoft doing enough to catch up? Or is it doing too much?

02-02-2012
Will Windows 8 Succeed Or Fail? [Opinion]
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