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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

Top Eric Gwinn Articles

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  • Got Words With Friends?

    Got Words With Friends?
    Q: I recently bought an LG Quantum phone. (You have no idea how hard it was for me to finally give up my reliable RazR-3 ... but I had to.) Anyway, my grown-up married kids and their friends all have phones that can play "Words With Friends." I wanna...
  • PC personal shoppers

    PC personal shoppers
    Q: I will be in the market for a new home PC, as well as will my significant other. I need to have some consulting assistance in choosing a PC and external hard drives, not only for backup but for maintaining my vast file of photos, which I have been busy...
  • Wondering about Wi-Fi

    Wondering about Wi-Fi
    Q: I hope you believe there's no such thing as a stupid question! I'm 66 years old with a longtime Internet connection at home on my desktop computer. Now I own a condo in Las Vegas that I expect to spend weekly vacations at (maybe six to eight weeks a...
  • Backup goes boom. What now?

    Q: The backup system I used for two of my older PCs was destroyed, and I'd like to go back and retrieve the data from those two drives. One system is an HP Pavilion and the other a Compaq Presario, both desktops. I've heard how the likes of NSA, CIA...
  • Dump your drives the green way

    Dump your drives the green way
    Q: How can I dispose of a dysfunctional La Cie external hard drive so that stored data cannot be retrieved? — S.S. A: If all else fails, take a sledgehammer to it and beat it to a plastic-and-metal mess (make sure you're wearing eye protection!)....
  • iPad update: Screen won't lock

    iPad update: Screen won't lock
    Questions from around the Thanksgiving dinner table: Q: I updated my iPad to the newest operating system, but now I can't lock my screen, so it bounces around all over the place. A: Yeah, the updated software hides the screen lock function. Tap the home...
  • In the market for an upgrade

    In the market for an upgrade
    Q: Hi Eric; It's time for us to upgrade our home computer. I have a Dell desktop. I know I want a laptop, but do I want a PC or a Mac? How do I decide? Do you have any suggestions of where to start researching? Thank you, thank you, thank you! —...
  • A look at the 'do not track' registry

    A look at the 'do not track' registry
    Would the FTC's proposed "do not track" registry really keep marketers, advertisers and others from following you around online? It would be a great, but companies that want to know where you go and what you buy online -- so they can tell you about stuff...
  • Guide for new Mac users

    Guide for new Mac users
    After nearly two decades of PC ownership, I've gone back to Mac. I got tired of life with two laptops — a tricked-out (for 2005) Windows machine and my wife's hand-me-down Mac. I recently bit the bullet and grabbed a 13-inch MacBook Pro, maxed out...
  • Get back to BASIC

    Get back to BASIC
    Q: I have an old Sharp handheld battery-powered computer that still works fairly decently. It's time for a replacement, preferably using old BASIC programming language, as I prefer to do my own custom programming. Is there anything similar out there?...
  • Make that old PC fly

    Make that old PC fly
    If you didn't find a new computer under your Christmas tree, there are things you can do to make your old machine run like wind. If you don't have the know-how to do these tricks, find a computer repair technician who can. Upgrade your RAM: Few things...