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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 Of The Best Google Doodles Videos

Web Culture

5 Of The Best Google Doodles Videos

The Google logo is recognized the world over. It’s a logo that many people see on a daily basis as they make the Google homepage their first port of call in exploring the wider web. It’s simple and yet iconic at the same time. But no one wants to see the same old logo staring back at them every time they search for something online, do they? Google doesn’t think so.

04-04-2012
5 Of The Best Google Doodles Videos
Why You Should Never Queue For New Gadgets [Opinion]

Why You Should Never Queue For New Gadgets [Opinion]

I personally cannot fathom the mindset of people who queue for the latest gadget on launch day. I’ve tried, I really have, but I think it’s a bizarre choice to queue up for hours or even days, through all weathers, purely in order to purchase a next-gen device in person. There is absolutely no need to ever queue for a new gadget on day one as, the Internet means queuing is unnecessary.

29-03-2012
Why You Should Never Queue For New Gadgets [Opinion]
The Fourth Wall Game Provides Mind-Bending, Screen-Wrapping Fun

Gaming

The Fourth Wall Game Provides Mind-Bending, Screen-Wrapping Fun

The fourth wall is the invisible wall which separates the audience from a performance, whether it be on stage, on television, in movies, or in video games. Breaking the fourth wall is when a performer obliterates the idea of that invisible wall and talks directly to an audience. This is how The Fourth Wall, an indie game for Windows, got its name.

28-03-2012
The Fourth Wall Game Provides Mind-Bending, Screen-Wrapping Fun
8 Awesome Angry Birds Videos For The Addicted

Web Culture Gaming

8 Awesome Angry Birds Videos For The Addicted

I hate to admit it but I’m a little addicted to Angry Birds. I know many people hate the game in all its different iterations – it’s for casual gamers, it sucks, it’s pointless – but I just can’t get enough. I know why this is so, having explored the reasons Angry Birds is so addictive in a previous article, but that hasn’t helped. Never mind. There are worse things to be addicted to.

28-03-2012
8 Awesome Angry Birds Videos For The Addicted
5 Reasons the New iPad Sucks

iPhone and iPad

5 Reasons the New iPad Sucks

As you’re no doubt aware thanks to the blanket coverage all across the Web, Apple unveiled its latest hardware on March 7. That hardware being “the new iPad,” or “iPad (third-generation),” or, as most people will call it, the iPad 3. While all the Apple fanboys and fangirls virtually creamed their pants in anticipation of spending five minutes with the new iPad, some of us weren’t quite so impressed.

22-03-2012
5 Reasons the New iPad Sucks
How To Get The Most Out Of Metacritic

Internet

How To Get The Most Out Of Metacritic

Metacritic is one of a handful of big review aggregation sites. Its motto of, “Keeping score of entertainment” sums up what it does perfectly. Rather than focus on just one aspect of entertainment such as movies or games, Metacritic tracks them all, with separate sections for ‘Movies’, ‘Games’, ‘TV’, and ‘Music’. However, Metacritic can be a force for both good and bad.

21-03-2012
How To Get The Most Out Of Metacritic
What Is Your Social Network Of Choice, & Why? [You Tell Us]

Internet

What Is Your Social Network Of Choice, & Why? [You Tell Us]

Last week we turned MakeUseOf over to you in order to gauge opinion on a relevant topic. We asked you a question, and you answered in a multitude of interesting ways. We have read and replied, cogitated and compiled, and ended up with an understanding of what you think of the subject at hand. The subject at hand was social networking; which has become a dominant force on the Internet in recent years.

21-03-2012
What Is Your Social Network Of Choice, & Why? [You Tell Us]
5 Microsoft Video Ads Sure To Make You Cringe

Web Culture

5 Microsoft Video Ads Sure To Make You Cringe

I have ripped on Apple quite a bit here on MakeUseOf in recent weeks. Partly because a company of that size and stature deserves to get taken down a peg or two from time to time, partly to counter the weight of Apple fanboys on the Web, and partly because, well, it’s fun, quite frankly. However, in the spirit of fairness there are other tech giants ripe for a little gentle ribbing.

21-03-2012
5 Microsoft Video Ads Sure To Make You Cringe
5 Funny Videos Starring Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

Web Culture

5 Funny Videos Starring Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

A lot of people really don’t like Steve Ballmer. Perhaps because he’s Mr. Microsoft, or because he was (for many years) Bill Gates’ lickspittle underling. Whatever the reason, he’s a figure of fun in a way neither Gates, or his sparring partner Steve Jobs, has ever been. And there are plenty of videos demonstrating why Steve Ballmer is ripe for being laughed at, five of which are embedded below for your pleasure.

14-03-2012
5 Funny Videos Starring Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
Find Free Music With Freemake Music Box [Windows]

Windows

Find Free Music With Freemake Music Box [Windows]

The Internet has brought plenty of new ways to discover and listen to new music. Some are completely legit, others not so much, and a fair few of these methods are positively illegal. Thankfully there are enough that reside on the right side of the law to mean those of us who don’t want to cross the line don’t have to. One of which is Freemake Music Box.

09-03-2012
Find Free Music With Freemake Music Box [Windows]
5 Reasons Angry Birds Is So Damn Addictive

Gaming

5 Reasons Angry Birds Is So Damn Addictive

My name is Dave Parrack, I’m a 34-year-old freelance writer from England, and I have a problem. I’m addicted to playing Angry Birds. Being hooked on catapulting feathered weapons of mass destruction into smug pigs may not be as bad as addictions to cigarettes, alcohol, or hard drugs, but it’s an addiction nonetheless. I’ve admitted I have a problem. Which is the first sign on the road to recovery, or so they say.

07-03-2012
5 Reasons Angry Birds Is So Damn Addictive
What Would Make You Buy An Apple iPad 3? [You Tell Us]

iPhone and iPad

What Would Make You Buy An Apple iPad 3? [You Tell Us]

Last Wednesday we began a new weekly column here on MakeUseOf. We ask you, the MUO readership, a direct question and invite you to do our work for us let us know what you think about the subject at hand. After a healthy debate we then compile the answers into an easily-digestible summary for your pleasure on the following Tuesday.

07-03-2012
What Would Make You Buy An Apple iPad 3? [You Tell Us]
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