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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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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
Good Griefing: The Funniest Gaming Trolls On YouTube

Web Culture

Good Griefing: The Funniest Gaming Trolls On YouTube

We have covered trolls extensively here on MakeUseOf, with a three-part toolkit designed to help you deal with these online ne’er-do-wells the best starting place. However, trolls don’t limit their presence merely to forums, comments sections, and social networks; a particular breed can be found playing video games online. This breed are known as griefers, and they get their kicks from setting out to intentionally wind other players up.

31-10-2012
Good Griefing: The Funniest Gaming Trolls On YouTube
Instant Inspiration: Watch Steve Jobs’ Greatest Ever Speeches

Internet

Instant Inspiration: Watch Steve Jobs’ Greatest Ever Speeches

Not everybody is a fan of Apple. Nor was everybody a fan of Steve Jobs, one of the two Steves who founded the company, and the one who turned it from an also-ran into the cash-gobbling behemoth that it is today. However, even those who dislike Apple and who disliked Jobs felt his passing, and also miss his style of delivery whenever he made a speech. The speeches below are arguably the greatest ever made by Steve Jobs.

31-10-2012
Instant Inspiration: Watch Steve Jobs’ Greatest Ever Speeches
10 Internet Entreprenuers Who Are Active On Quora

Internet

10 Internet Entreprenuers Who Are Active On Quora

Quora is a simple premise beautifully realized. It’s an online knowledge depository where people can ask or answer questions. And it’s populated by a mix of ordinary, everyday folk like you and me, as well as some famous faces eager to share their wisdom with others. Internet entrepreneurs are no exception. It’s safe to say that Internet entrepreneurs are easy to come by.

25-10-2012
10 Internet Entreprenuers Who Are Active On Quora
What Do You Think of the Microsoft Surface? [You Told Us]

Windows

What Do You Think of the Microsoft Surface? [You Told Us]

Microsoft took its time getting into the tablet market, primarily because it had to work on building an operating system that would offer a positive experience on the touchscreen form factor, which Windows 7 most certainly doesn’t. With Windows 8 just around the corner, so is Surface, the new Microsoft-branded tablet.

25-10-2012
What Do You Think of the Microsoft Surface? [You Told Us]
Teach Yourself Amazing Magic Secrets With These Sites

Internet

Teach Yourself Amazing Magic Secrets With These Sites

When I was a young child I loved watching magic being performed on television. It didn’t matter what kind of tricks they were, or who was doing them, just that something mysterious, unexplainable, and, well, magic, was on display. I loved it then for one simple reason: I believed magic was real, and that magicians had special powers. Then I grew up and realized they didn’t. In fact, I discovered that magic was made up of illusions, of sleight of hands, of misdirection.

24-10-2012
Teach Yourself Amazing Magic Secrets With These Sites
10 Science YouTube Channels You Can’t Miss

Internet

10 Science YouTube Channels You Can’t Miss

The word science essentially means knowledge, and it is this quest for learning and understanding that has driven mankind to the height of its power. The Web offers ample opportunity to disperse that knowledge to greater numbers of people, and YouTube has many great science channels. Listed below are 10 of the best that we feel you should not miss.

24-10-2012
10 Science YouTube Channels You Can’t Miss
Know Your Enemy: 5 Types Of Online Gamer You’re Guaranteed To Encounter

Gaming

Know Your Enemy: 5 Types Of Online Gamer You’re Guaranteed To Encounter

Assuming you play online then you’re guaranteed to have met certain types of online gamer. It’s unavoidable. There are a wide range of them out there, but they can all be pared down to just five main types (and their opposites). You can try and ignore them, but they’re there regardless, plying their trade as an annoying n00b, an incessant talker, a quiet quitter, a tiresome cheat, or an unwilling team player.

18-10-2012
Know Your Enemy: 5 Types Of Online Gamer You’re Guaranteed To Encounter
Top Tips: How To Take Amazing Digital Photos Of Your Kids

Internet

Top Tips: How To Take Amazing Digital Photos Of Your Kids

While owning the right equipment, and knowing how to use that equipment successfully, can help anyone take good quality photographs, more important is the knowledge of how to take a good shot. Some people are naturally gifted with an eye for the angle, the lighting, and the correct moment to press the shutter button, but the rest of us have to take heed of photography tips and tricks from those in the know.

17-10-2012
Top Tips: How To Take Amazing Digital Photos Of Your Kids
Find Instagram Photos By Location With Worldcam

Internet

Find Instagram Photos By Location With Worldcam

Do you remember the thrill you experienced the first time you heard about Google Street View? The fact that you could zoom in on a map right down to street level and travel around a town or city just about blew my mind when it made its debut in 2007. Now, it’s standard, and I rarely even bother using it. Sorry, Google, but all that effort has been wasted.

17-10-2012
Find Instagram Photos By Location With Worldcam
Exercise Your Mind With ‘Games For The Brain’

Gaming

Exercise Your Mind With ‘Games For The Brain’

It is very important to keep your brain occupied and working hard. Not constantly, of course, as we all need time off from thinking, from calculating, from forming ideas. But exercising it on a regular basis can help keep your mind focused and sharp. Which is especially crucial as we get older and hopefully wiser. There are several ways to achieve this.

11-10-2012
Exercise Your Mind With ‘Games For The Brain’
Do You Believe Everything You Read on the Web? [You Told Us]

Internet

Do You Believe Everything You Read on the Web? [You Told Us]

Having established a long time ago how great the Web is as a learning tool – packed full of information that is now all available right at your fingertips – it’s time to remind ourselves that there is a dark side to this dissemination of facts and figures. Because, as it turns out, not all facts and figures are created equal.

10-10-2012
Do You Believe Everything You Read on the Web? [You Told Us]
10 Of The Best Apple Tumblrs You Must Bookmark

Internet

10 Of The Best Apple Tumblrs You Must Bookmark

You may have noticed that there is a huge appetite for Apple news, views, and rumors on the Web. No other company comes close to having as many headlines written about it or as many articles penned about it and its products as Apple does. While not everyone is a fan of Tim Cook and his merry band of Cupertino geniuses, even those who don’t own a single Apple product cannot help themselves getting drawn in.

10-10-2012
10 Of The Best Apple Tumblrs You Must Bookmark
Play Free Online Video Games With ‘Core Online’ From Square Enix [MUO Gaming]

Gaming

Play Free Online Video Games With ‘Core Online’ From Square Enix [MUO Gaming]

Gaming can be an expensive hobby, whatever your system of choice may be. The games are cheaper on PC, but keeping your rig up to speed in order to play the latest titles can burn through cash quickly. With consoles you have to buy the system, and then pay $60 a pop for each new game. If only there was a way of playing games for free.

04-10-2012
Play Free Online Video Games With ‘Core Online’ From Square Enix [MUO Gaming]