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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.

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5 Funny Or Die Web Series Worth Watching

Web Culture

5 Funny Or Die Web Series Worth Watching

Funny Or Die is a comedy website focused on videos, which means you can add it to the list of worthy YouTube alternatives. The name of the site comes from the very simple idea that something should either be funny or die. If a piece of content isn’t funny then let it pass away, quietly, without a funeral. And you, the viewer, gets to choose its fate.

16-05-2013
5 Funny Or Die Web Series Worth Watching
At What Age Should Kids Be Exposed to Technology? [We Ask You]

Internet

At What Age Should Kids Be Exposed to Technology? [We Ask You]

Seeing kids using cutting-edge technology is certainly a relatively recent development. But I guess it isn’t a surprising one. After all, the technology exists, parents own it and (over)use it, and so kids are likely to want to follow suit prematurely. Should this be something we embrace? Or should kids be encouraged to leave technology alone until they’re old enough to fully embrace it?

16-05-2013
At What Age Should Kids Be Exposed to Technology? [We Ask You]
Discover New Music by Mapping Musical Genres & Artists

Internet

Discover New Music by Mapping Musical Genres & Artists

Mapping music isn’t as bizarre as it may at first sound. In the same way locations can be mapped out, so can music genres and artists, with one style feeding into the next, one band being connected to another. What follows are three methods for mapping genres and artists that should lead to you discovering new music. Hopefully, all without having to offend a friend or loved one.

15-05-2013
Discover New Music by Mapping Musical Genres & Artists
Does the Internet Need a ‘Delete’ Button? [You Told Us]

Internet

Does the Internet Need a ‘Delete’ Button? [You Told Us]

However careful you may be about what you share on the Web, there is always a chance you’re leaking information. Websites collect data about you, which is then used to present you with relevant adverts. Social networks store updates and comments you make, any of which could come back to haunt you later in life. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Which is why we decided to ask you for your views on this issue.

15-05-2013
Does the Internet Need a ‘Delete’ Button? [You Told Us]
Stay Safe Online: Follow 10 Computer Security Experts On Twitter

Internet

Stay Safe Online: Follow 10 Computer Security Experts On Twitter

There are simple steps you can take to protect yourself online. Using a firewall and antivirus software, creating secure passwords, not leaving your devices unattended; these are all absolute musts. Beyond that it comes down to keeping up with the latest news about spam, scams, phishing attempts, hacks, and malware. This is where the following list of Twitter accounts come into play.

15-05-2013
Stay Safe Online: Follow 10 Computer Security Experts On Twitter
6 Unsolved Mysteries Solved On Wikipedia

Web Culture

6 Unsolved Mysteries Solved On Wikipedia

Wikipedia is often mocked for its perceived lack of truth. Because it’s an encyclopedia built entirely on the contributions of random people, it has a reputation for not always being accurate and truthful. In some ways this assertion is fair… little-known entries (such as those for people you’ve likely never heard of) can be manipulated by pranksters or editors with an agenda, but it’s far from the norm, especially on popular, oft-visited entries.

09-05-2013
6 Unsolved Mysteries Solved On Wikipedia
If Pinterest Doesn’t Interest, Try These Alternatives For Men

Internet

If Pinterest Doesn’t Interest, Try These Alternatives For Men

Pinterest is a fascinating website that reveals the things people like, love, desire, and covet. For those that have so far remained immune to its lure, Pinterest operates on the basis of images found across the Web, with people pinning these images to their boards for others to either drool over or mock. Pinterest is, at heart, a social network, but one which rids itself of everything but pictures… lots and lots of pictures.

08-05-2013
If Pinterest Doesn’t Interest, Try These Alternatives For Men
Are Tablets Here to Stay? [You Told Us]

Android iPhone and iPad

Are Tablets Here to Stay? [You Told Us]

After the CEO of BlackBerry, Thorsten Heins, questioned how long a shelf-life tablets have to look forward to, we decided to seek your opinions on the matter. After a week of discussions related to the topic I sat down to pore over the results only to discover Bill Gates, the Chairman and co-founder of Microsoft, had stumbled into the discussion. In other words even Microsoft thinks that tablets are here to stay, but do the MakeUseOf readership agree?

08-05-2013
Are Tablets Here to Stay? [You Told Us]
The Best Twitter Vine Videos Created So Far

Web Culture

The Best Twitter Vine Videos Created So Far

Short films can be truly amazing. Like the best short stories, short films often pack more meaning into their brief running times than full-length movies (or novels) do. There’s something about the genre that compels those who revel in it to make one really strong, overarching point, and to do so in a very short space of time. Short films can be anything up to 40 minutes long, but most are considerably shorter than that.

08-05-2013
The Best Twitter Vine Videos Created So Far
Wacky Wiki: 6 Fascinating People on Wikipedia

Web Culture

Wacky Wiki: 6 Fascinating People on Wikipedia

Most people approach Wikipedia as they approach Google: they head there with a search term already in mind. But that approach may mean you miss out on much of what Wikipedia has to offer. It boasts entries that are obscure, odd, offbeat, and unlikely to be seen by more than a handful of people. Welcome to the world of weird Wikipedia.

02-05-2013
Wacky Wiki: 6 Fascinating People on Wikipedia
What Are Your Favorite Photography Tips? [You Told Us]

Internet

What Are Your Favorite Photography Tips? [You Told Us]

Like many creative pursuits photography is something absolutely anybody can do, but only a select few will ever excel at. To truly amaze and astound people with your photographs you need to possess the right equipment (or ingenious hacks), the right mindset, the right subjects (including children and pets), and an innate ability to know what works and what doesn’t. You also need to utilize the knowledge of those already well-versed in photography.

01-05-2013
What Are Your Favorite Photography Tips? [You Told Us]
8 Disappointing Video Game Endings

Gaming

8 Disappointing Video Game Endings

Video games offer epic experiences with the power to excite, enthrall, and entertain. At least they do on occasion, when all of the various elements needed to turn a game from a mildly amusing distraction into a piece of art are present. Unfortunately, even the best games can often turn ugly in the end. Video games often require hours of effort to complete. And there’s nothing quite like sitting back and enjoying a satisfying ending.

24-04-2013
8 Disappointing Video Game Endings
What Gadget Do You Most Regret Buying? [You Told Us]

Android iPhone and iPad

What Gadget Do You Most Regret Buying? [You Told Us]

Gadgets come in all shapes and sizes, and boast a variety of different purposes. Whether they’re designed to help you accomplish certain tasks or chores, or provide entertainment for you and your loved ones, gadgets are an essential part of the lives of most people. Since starting to write about gadgets and technological innovations, I’ve seen as many bad ideas as good.

24-04-2013
What Gadget Do You Most Regret Buying? [You Told Us]
How To Take Amazing Photos Of Your Pets

Internet

How To Take Amazing Photos Of Your Pets

If you haven’t yet experienced the joy of owning a pet then you’re missing out on one of life’s simple pleasures. While owning a pet isn’t a wholly positive experience – especially when they pass away after far too short a time on this Earth – the positives far outweigh the negatives. Especially if you choose the right animal to suit your personality. Pets provide a great subject for photographers, both professional and amateur alike.

24-04-2013
How To Take Amazing Photos Of Your Pets
Not Just for Grown Ups: 5 Android Tablets You Would Let Your Kids Use

Android

Not Just for Grown Ups: 5 Android Tablets You Would Let Your Kids Use

There’s a certain novelty factor to tablets, which invariably means that if one person in the household owns one, they’ll be continually fighting off calls to share. Not only is this annoying, it has the potential to end in a family feud if an expensive tablet gets dropped or otherwise destroyed by a younger member of the family. The answer is, of course, to provide an alternative tablet for your kids; one that you’re comfortable with them using to their heart’s content. What follows are five Android tablets that fit the bill.

18-04-2013
Not Just for Grown Ups: 5 Android Tablets You Would Let Your Kids Use
Extreme Sports Revealed With Amazing GoPro Videos

Internet

Extreme Sports Revealed With Amazing GoPro Videos

GoPro cameras are designed to be worn or held while doing adventurous activities. They’re tough and waterproof, meaning they can survive along with you (hopefully) whether you’re jumping out of a plane, diving in the ocean, or competing in any of the extreme sports that adrenaline junkies the world over are increasingly participating. For those of us less inclined to throw ourselves into the path of danger, GoPro cameras offer a chance to see these activities from the perspective of those involved.

17-04-2013
Extreme Sports Revealed With Amazing GoPro Videos
What Does the Future Hold for Virtual Currencies Such as Bitcoin? [You Told Us]

Internet

What Does the Future Hold for Virtual Currencies Such as Bitcoin? [You Told Us]

Bitcoin has been around for several years now, but with its price climbing to monumental highs over the past few weeks, there has been a will to explore what it is, how it’s created (or mined), and what the future may hold for this new virtual currency and others that could emerge in its wake.

17-04-2013
What Does the Future Hold for Virtual Currencies Such as Bitcoin? [You Told Us]
Meta – 7 Awesome Subreddits All About Reddit

Internet

Meta – 7 Awesome Subreddits All About Reddit

Reddit is rapidly becoming my favorite site on the Web. I’m a latecomer to its powers of seduction, being a veritable n00b compared to some of the other writers here at MakeUseOf. But I’m keen to explore Reddit, learning its subtleties and gaining new insights from subreddits aplenty as I do so. As it stands I consider Reddit to be one of the seven wonders of the Web, one of the pillars the whole community is based on and around.

17-04-2013
Meta – 7 Awesome Subreddits All About Reddit
Your First Day On Reddit… Fixed

Internet

Your First Day On Reddit… Fixed

Reddit is emerging as a true force on the Internet, which explains its inclusion in our list of wonders of the Web. It’s a source for news and interesting factoids, the instigator of many memes, the popularizing force of many viral videos, and an all-round entertaining place to hang out online. I thoroughly recommend it to everyone, though there will inevitably be some people who decide it isn’t for them.

11-04-2013
Your First Day On Reddit… Fixed
The 10 Best Original YouTube Comedy Channels

Internet

The 10 Best Original YouTube Comedy Channels

Life can be depressing at times. I don’t care who you are or how good your life is, there is always the chance that something or someone can knock you off your happy pedestal and bring you down for a while. That’s why we all need to laugh. Uproariously. On a daily basis. After all, laughter is the best medicine. With the possible exception of antibiotics. With this in mind we all need to seek out sources of laughter each and every day.

10-04-2013
The 10 Best Original YouTube Comedy Channels
5 Web Resources for New Chromebook Owners

Browsers

5 Web Resources for New Chromebook Owners

The Chromebook is a form factor that splits opinion, as we previously discovered when we asked you what you thought of the netbook-like devices from Google. However, the Chromebook isn’t going away anytime soon, with Google expanding the number of markets it’s selling Chromebooks in. What follows are Web resources that could prove invaluable to any Chromebook owner.

04-04-2013
5 Web Resources for New Chromebook Owners