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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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  • 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...
  • Got new toys? Sell the old ones

    So, you got the gear you wanted. Great! Or you didn't get it (bummer), and you're planning to treat yourself to what you really wanted, just as soon as you get your hands on some cash. Here's how you can make money off your old gadgets, either because...
  • 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...
  • Teach an old gadget new tricks

    With all the flashy new stuff announced at the Consumer Electronics Show this week, it's easy to think of your gear as flabby, old and tired. Well, here's a neat little trick that might not make iPhone 4/ iPad owners feel like you've got a new toy, but...
  • Tech gear you'll want in 2011

    Tech gear you'll want in 2011
    It's official. This is the year of the tablet. Companies all over are trying to make the next iPad, a slim, easy-to-use Web-surfing machine that turns your finger into something like a computer mouse. This overgrown iPhone without the phone has spawned a...
  • HD radio worth trying out

    HD radio worth trying out
    Q: I want to buy a portable HD radio with a speaker that I can carry out to the patio or elsewhere. I have an HD radio, and I like the HD programs here in Peoria on the NPR station, but the radio is solidly plugged into the wall, the plug difficult to...
  • Serviceman seeks worthy e-reader

    Serviceman seeks worthy e-reader
    Q: I am on a Navy ship called the USS Laboon. I am looking at getting an e-reader. I have seen many on the Internet and not sure which is the best. I would be using the reader while out to sea. I also wanted to be able to download books on audio, so I can...
  • 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...
  • Easier access to the Web

    Easier access to the Web
    Skype WiFi (Free; iOS) What it is: A way to connect to the Web via pay-by-the-minute Wi-Fi hot spots around the world. You pay the charges using money in your Skype account. How it works: Say you want to surf the Web in an airport, but your 3G or 4G...
  • 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...