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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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  • Get paid for gadget ideas

    Get paid for gadget ideas
    What are you going to do with that can't-miss gadget idea you've had in your head all these years? You can continue to let it sit till someone else makes it, or you can go through the hassle and expense of designing the thing, making a prototype,...
  • How do I digitize my LPs?

    How do I digitize my LPs?
    Q: Hi Eric; I have a collection of 45s and LPs in my basement that I play and enjoy. I would like to upload them to my computer. Could you give me ideas about what equipment and software I would need to do this? Thanks. — Bevin Prussia A: If you...
  • 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...
  • 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! —...
  • 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...
  • 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?...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Time to cut the tape

    Time to cut the tape
    Q: Where can I find a good-quality piece of equipment to transfer my collection of self-recorded great music cassettes to DVD? I have checked a number of products online that get poor reviews. Thank you for your help. — Randall A: For...