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Eric Gwinn

Eric Gwinn
Eric Gwinn has written about gadgets and video games for the Tribune since the early '90s. He enjoys telling readers about electronic gear that solves real-world problems at a reasonable price. Eric's articles appear in the Tribune weekly, and he often shows up on WGN radio and CLTV.
Eric Gwinn has written about gadgets and video games for the Tribune since the early '90s. He enjoys telling readers about electronic gear that solves real-world problems at a reasonable price. Eric's articles appear in the Tribune weekly, and he often shows up on WGN radio and CLTV. « Show less

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  • Host a summer screening

    Host a summer screening
    The next summer blockbuster can be in your backyard. With a projector, a makeshift screen and proper planning, you can host your neighbors for al fresco DVDs and a side of Wii Sports Bowling. To pull it off on the cheap, you need your own projector, or...
  • Unlock Kodak Photo CD

    Unlock Kodak Photo CD
    Q: Back in the mid-1990s I was probably one of the very few people who actually purchased a Kodak Photo CD player. The system was/is great, and I have several thousand photos on the CDs that Kodak put them onto. Therein lies the problem. Since the...
  • Gadget gifts for all types

    Gadget gifts for all types
    Q: What should I give the tech head on my list? A: Something cool and unusual that he or she wouldn't think of. It gets tricky because you don't want to blow out your bank account, and because one person's "cool and unusual" is another's "dire and...
  • More on e-recycling, Kodak Photo CDs

    More on e-recycling, Kodak Photo CDs
    When S.S. asked recently about disposing of a hard drive so that its data couldn't be retrieved, I didn't imagine the number of emails I'd get. I suggested seeking out an e-Steward, a recycler certified by the Basel Action Network as a greener recycler...
  • What you need to know to upgrade your phone

    What you need to know to upgrade your phone
    Q: I currently have an "ancient" BlackBerry that I love. But it's time to update. I am a Mac user so I thought if was reasonable to upgrade to an iPhone. Can you walk me through a "decision tree" or survey to help me decide what is the best device for my...
  • Cool gear for older folks

    Cool gear for older folks
    I'm no doctor but as I get older, I do keep an eye on gadgets that can benefit me — and my aging mom and in-laws, especially since my mother and mother-in-law have both suffered serious falls in the last couple of years. Here's what I've been...
  • Cable alternative: Boxee Box

    BOXEE BOX by D-Link (about $199; boxee.tv/buy) PROS: * Comes with a Web browser, easily bringing the Internet to your TV. * The nifty two-sided remote has a QWERTY keypad on one side and on the other has a few buttons to scroll your cursor across the...
  • How Internet TV works

    HOW IT WORKS: * You get a small box, such as an Apple TV ($99; apple.com/appletv), Roku ($59.99-$99.99; roku.com) or Boxee Box from D-Link (about $199; boxee.net/buy). * Connect the box to your TV via HDMI or standard cable, and hook up the box to...
  • 4G and U.S. Cellular

    4G and U.S. Cellular
    Q: In your article "What is 4G?" the only carrier you did not mentioned was U.S. Cellular.  What is the best 4G phone that you would recommend from this carrier?  —Mary Ann Wren A: Chicago-based U.S. Cellular doesn't currently offer 4G phones. The...
  • Kindle in France? Oui

    Kindle in France? Oui
    Recent Gadget Q&A columns about the Amazon Kindle, the Apple iPod and the Apple iPhone have brought in questions from readers. Great. Please keep 'em coming, gang. Q: I am vacationing in Florida from France and contemplating buying a Kindle reader here....
  • Cable alternatives: Roku

    ROKU ($59.99-$99.99; roku.com) PROS: * The availability of Amazon and Hulu Plus compare nicely to Apple TV's iTunes. Hulu Plus lets you watch many current shows. * If you're a paying Amazon Prime customer, you can stream your Amazon video from your...