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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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  • iPhone 4 or Android?

    iPhone 4 or Android?
    This article was updated at 1:25 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, to correct the spelling of Sara Zailskas' name and to clarify that Google Calendar is used as an example of integration. With iPhone 4's arrival on Verizon Wireless' network, maybe you're thinking...
  • More on scanning negatives

    More on scanning negatives
    Here's why we count on you readers to help us out. Maybe you remember Steve? He had stacks of 35mm negatives to scan, so he asked us to recommend a scanner. Judging by our e-mail responses, this is a hot topic for a lot of people. We suggested the pricey...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Nannycam shopping

    Nannycam shopping
    Q: I'm thinking about getting a nanny cam, but I don't know what I should be looking for. Thoughts? — Lucy, Niles A: Most people buying a nanny cam are looking for peace of mind. Is the sitter treating my child well? Is my house OK while I'm on...
  • What kind of computer should I buy?

    What kind of computer should I buy?
    Q: I need to get a new computer. One for the poor person with a rich person's taste. What do you recommend? -- Regina, Oak Park A: I'll see your question and raise you two: What do you want to do with it? And how much do you want to spend? The more...
  • 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...
  • Transfer VHS to DVD

    Transfer VHS to DVD
    Q: I've got a ton of old VHS tapes. How can I put them on DVD? A: You'll need a computer that has a DVD recorder and Honest Technology's VHS to DVD 5.0, for Windows computers ($50; honestech.com) or Roxio Easy VHS to DVD, for old-school, non- Intel...
  • Help! My HDTV is busted!

    Help! My HDTV is busted!
    Q: My 6-year-old HDTV is broken and it will cost $400-$500 to repair. Would it make more sense to buy a new one? --Ben, Chicago A: Today's TVs are more energy-efficient, meaning you'll save money on electricity bills. Some can connect to YouTube,...