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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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  • 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...
  • 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'...
  • Control Facebook

    Control Facebook
    Q: Please tell me how to get out of Facebook. How do I refuse an invitation? Thanks. — Cynthia A: Internet social networks are one of the most important innovations in human history. They've led to life-and-death revolutions, in addition to...
  • Too much stuff on my Kindle

    Too much stuff on my Kindle
    Q: Saw your article recently regarding transferring documents to a Kindle. I received a Kindle for Christmas and am still getting used to it. At this point, I am only obtaining books from the local library. At the end of the lending time, the book title/...
  • Printing and the iPad: An exercise in frustration

    Printing and the iPad: An exercise in frustration
    Q: I bought an iPad 1 for my wife a year ago Christmas. At the time of purchase I had no idea that this "great device" lacked the ability to print. A senior level Apple Support Tech directed me to Ecamm and their Printopia app. I opted to skip the demo...
  • Should you shut down your PC?

    Should you shut down your PC?
    Q: Being Depression babies my wife and have our minds tuned to never leave a room without turning out the lights. We still do this so I am programmed to turn off our PC at night and if we are out for a few hours. Is this dumb? A tech told me I would cause...
  • Life in the cloud

    Life in the cloud
    Q: Is "i-clouds" now operational? Can I transfer the songs on my iTunes account, thereby freeing up that space on my hard drive? — Joe, via email A: If you're referring to Apple's iCloud service, it's not available yet — Apple says it's...
  • Broken VCR? Time to transfer those tapes

    Broken VCR? Time to transfer those tapes
    (EDITOR'S NOTE: THIS STORY CONTAINS CORRECTED INFORMATION.) Q: I have two VCRs that fell apart and I would like to have the tape placed on a DVD. Who or where do I go? Thank you for your reply. — Sol A: Sorry to hear about your troubles, Sol....