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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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  • Can I transfer e-books?

    Can I transfer e-books?
    As the ancient philosopher Mick Jagger once opined, "You Can't Always Get What You Want." Q: Hopefully you can help. I have many read and unread books paid for and downloaded into my Sony e-book reader (the first model). Someone helped me transfer them...
  • 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...
  • A hand-held TSA helper

    A hand-held TSA helper
    My TSA (free; iOS) What it is: Answers to the Transportation Security Administration's most frequently asked questions, plus travelers (often-outdated) reports of how long you must wait in the security checkpoint line at any U.S. airport. How it works:...
  • 3 hot technology tips

    3 hot technology tips
    I run across useful stuff all the time when researching this column. Here are some recent finds: Time for a new TV? If you're shopping for an HDTV, you're probably lost in a marketing morass. What's Micro Dimming/Plus? Is Razor LED lighting something...
  • In a digital world, what about film?

    In a digital world, what about film?
    Q: I am searching to replace my dropped/broken point-and-shoot film camera (was a Nikon but have had other brands). I have not ventured into digital because I always wear polarized prescription bifocal dark glasses outdoors, which requires my switching to...
  • Catching up with online music services

    Catching up with online music services
    Q: I need help on a good music program. I would like to buy (not free sites such as Limewire) and download only music I desire. I hear folks talk about iTunes, but that and VCast seem to be directed to my cellphone. I want to download to my PC. Other...
  • Convert images on the cheap

    Convert images on the cheap
    Q: Is software available to convert several .jpg files to web-ready .pcx files? Hate doing one at a time. — Jerry, Maryland A: XnView is a great free image converter for PC/Mac/Linux that doesn't feel like a cut-down, slapped-together mess. You...
  • In search of a comfy keyboard

    In search of a comfy keyboard
    Q: I have always been an excellent typist.  My occupation required it. I am now 77 years old and a novice on the computer. I find the flat keyboard difficult. Why haven't the manufacturers made the keyboard keys closer to the typewriter? Any...
  • Dealing with iPhone battery drain

    Dealing with iPhone battery drain
    Dear Eric: What about those new iPhone batteries? I got my iPhone Nov. 1. I was a holdout till my BlackBerry contract expired. I never bonded with the BlackBerry like my friends did, and couldn't wait to get rid of it and get the newer iPhone. Well, 21/2...
  • How to move files to your Kindle

    How to move files to your Kindle
    Here's a question that no one has asked me lately, but I'll give you the answer anyway: What's new with the old Kindle? Glad you asked. The Send to Kindle app for the PC lets you send your personal documents from your Windows computer (a Mac version of...
  • How to turn a photo into a sketch

    How to turn a photo into a sketch
    Q: I may be asking the impossible. I would like to convert photographs to line drawings. I am 78 years old so I can't use something that takes time to learn or might be complicated. PhotoShop exceeds my budget, and I would prefer something automatic. I'...