| Nov 14, 2011
Q: I would like your opinion as I'm undecided about which of the following two laptops to buy: Toshiba, $579, 6 gigabytes of memory, i5 processor, 750 gigabyte hard drive, 15.6-inch screen, Windows 7; or HP, $479, 4 gigabytes of RAM, i3 processor, 640...
| Nov 21, 2011
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.
| Dec 31, 2010
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...
| Jan 7, 2011
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...
| Jan 14, 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...
| Jan 21, 2011
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...
| Jan 28, 2011
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...
| Jan 12, 2012
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...
| Jan 17, 2012
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.
| Dec 6, 2011
| 1:19 PM
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...
| Dec 13, 2011
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...