close
Headshot of MakeUseOf Writer, Dave Parrack

Dave Parrack

Deputy Editor and Tech News 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.

2289 Articles
2058 Comments
What Are Your Tech-Related Hopes for 2013? [You Told Us]

Web Culture

What Are Your Tech-Related Hopes for 2013? [You Told Us]

We’re now a whole week into 2013, and hasn’t the time flown by. Why, it feels like only yesterday that fireworks were lighting up the night sky, and only the day before yesterday that those with time and money to spare had impressive animated lights displays in their front gardens. In 12 months time we’ll be able to do it all over again. Until then we have lots to occupy our minds, including what’s happening on the technology front, whether in the industry or in our own lives.

09-01-2013
What Are Your Tech-Related Hopes for 2013? [You Told Us]
What Are The Best Weather Websites?

Internet

What Are The Best Weather Websites?

I’m rather obsessed with the weather. It’s not my fault, it’s just that I was born and brought up in the U.K., and all British people are obsessed with the weather. I think it’s because the weather is rather changeable on this little island butting up to the European mainland. Over the course of a single week we can experience hot sun, icy frosts, torrential rain, deep snow, and gusts aplenty.

09-01-2013
What Are The Best Weather Websites?
6 Ways To Game On The Cheap [MUO Gaming]

Gaming

6 Ways To Game On The Cheap [MUO Gaming]

Playing video games isn’t the harmful activity some politicians and media outlets would have you believe, otherwise every single gamer out there would have psychological problems brought on by their hobby. However, playing video games is an expensive pastime to enjoy, with the price of games and the systems needed to play them potentially costing a small fortune over the course of just a few years. Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be the case.

03-01-2013
6 Ways To Game On The Cheap [MUO Gaming]
A New Year, A New You: How to Clean Up Your Facebook

Internet

A New Year, A New You: How to Clean Up Your Facebook

Like social networking sites as a whole, Facebook can be a force for good. The problem is Facebook can also be a force for evil, but it’s more about how we, the people, use Facebook, than it is about how Facebook uses us. Essentially, if you stay on top of your account, maintaining your profile and not letting the data it leaks get out of hand, you can control Facebook rather than letting Facebook control you.

02-01-2013
A New Year, A New You: How to Clean Up Your Facebook
Why You Should Never Delete Dodgy Digital Photos [Opinion]

Web Culture

Why You Should Never Delete Dodgy Digital Photos [Opinion]

The digital age we’re now living in has changed our ideas of ownership and copyright. For better or worse. It’s also changed the way we do various things. In the field of photography moving to digital formats has made a huge difference. Most of it positive. However, there is one aspect of the switch that may not be so positive, and could in fact come back to haunt many of us in years to come.

26-12-2012
Why You Should Never Delete Dodgy Digital Photos [Opinion]
10 Of The Best Xbox 360 Games You Must Play [MUO Gaming]

Gaming

10 Of The Best Xbox 360 Games You Must Play [MUO Gaming]

At this time of year more than any other there will be a host of new console owners getting to grips with their system. And after they get bored of the games bought alongside their console of choice, they’ll need to know which titles to get next. Which is where this article comes in: what follows are the 10 best games money can buy for the Xbox 360.

20-12-2012
10 Of The Best Xbox 360 Games You Must Play [MUO Gaming]
10 Of The Best PS3 Games You Must Play [MUO Gaming]

Gaming

10 Of The Best PS3 Games You Must Play [MUO Gaming]

This generation of games consoles is coming to an end, with the Wii U already having arrived to usher in the next-generation, and successors to both the PS3 and Xbox 360 expected in 2013. However, even after the current crop of games consoles has been replaced by newer models, they’re still worth owning thanks to the plethora of great games available on them.

19-12-2012
10 Of The Best PS3 Games You Must Play [MUO Gaming]
5 Simple Steps To Making a Perfect Mixtape

Web Culture

5 Simple Steps To Making a Perfect Mixtape

Anyone reading these words will likely belong to one of two groups of people: those who love music mixtapes, and those who haven’t a clue what one is. This article is aimed at both groups, and, consequently, at everybody. It offers a set of simple steps that need to be followed in order to create the perfect mixtape. Mixtape veterans will likely already know the formula, but will hopefully gain inspiration from this piece to start curating once more.

19-12-2012
5 Simple Steps To Making a Perfect Mixtape
An Apple (Ad) A Day: Top Ten Commercials You’re Likely To Remember

Mac

An Apple (Ad) A Day: Top Ten Commercials You’re Likely To Remember

Apple is a company that you either love or hate; there’s very little middle ground. This is because you either buy into the company and its culture or reject it outright. Seeing as I don’t own a single Apple product I guess I belong to the latter group. However, even I, as a supposed hater, have been exposed to Apple’s marketing machine over the last three decades. And while the ads haven’t persuaded me to buy anything from the company, some have left a lasting impression.

13-12-2012
An Apple (Ad) A Day: Top Ten Commercials You’re Likely To Remember
10 Awesome Webcomics Drawn Just for Geeks

Internet

10 Awesome Webcomics Drawn Just for Geeks

Webcomics are arguably more popular now than they ever have been before. This is mainly due to a marked increase in the quality of content, with some webcomics being both magnificently written and magnificently drawn. So much so that they rival any of the more established and mainstream comic strips that make it into newspapers and magazines. Who needs print when digital provides all the comic nourishment you’ll ever need?

06-12-2012
10 Awesome Webcomics Drawn Just for Geeks
The 5 Best Wii U Games to Buy for Christmas [MUO Gaming]

Gaming

The 5 Best Wii U Games to Buy for Christmas [MUO Gaming]

The Wii U, the latest home games console from Nintendo, is sure to be on the Christmas lists of many this year. Children who want the latest and greatest gadgets will want one to replace their aging Wii, while geeky adults who want to jump to the next-gen and cannot wait for Sony and Microsoft to cater to their desires will also seek one out. The Wii U was released just in time for the holiday season.

05-12-2012
The 5 Best Wii U Games to Buy for Christmas [MUO Gaming]
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
8 Essential Tech Influencers To Follow On Twitter

Internet

8 Essential Tech Influencers To Follow On Twitter

Twitter continues to go from strength to strength, with more people using it to communicate with the world with every passing month. Sure, there are many people who enthusiastically join Twitter after being cajoled into doing so by their friends, only to then disappear not having tweeted, followed anyone, or been followed themselves. But then there are the countless people on Twitter who add something to the conversation.

01-11-2012
8 Essential Tech Influencers To Follow On Twitter