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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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  • Time to cut the tape

    Time to cut the tape
    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. — Randall A: For...
  • 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...
  • Fight off that computer virus

    Fight off that computer virus
    This time of year, you hear plenty warnings about email scams and phishing attacks. You know not to reply to an email with your Social Security number, and you don't open email attachments from strangers. You've learned to keep your firewall software...
  • Best computer to handle slides

    Best computer to handle slides
    Q: I have about 800 slides I took during a post-college, pre-grad-school road trip to Alaska in 1979. I would like to put it all on DVD(s) with music from the '70s. I have both a Dell and a Mac. What is my best route? Thanks. —Bryan Brown A: The...
  • DVR on the go

    DVR on the go
    Q: Hi, I hope you can help me. I was wondering if there is a recording device like a VCR, except it would record to a hard drive. I have satellite service at home and use their DVRs and love them. We travel a lot in a motor home, and sometimes want to...
  • Host a summer screening

    Host a summer screening
    The next summer blockbuster can be in your backyard. With a projector, a makeshift screen and proper planning, you can host your neighbors for al fresco DVDs and a side of Wii Sports Bowling. To pull it off on the cheap, you need your own projector, or...
  • Quitting cable? Read this first

    Quitting cable? Read this first
    Success of Internet TV — Netflix streaming accounts for most of the Internet's bandwidth during prime time — is making people think about dropping their cable company. After all, they wonder, why pay for a bunch of channels I don't watch?...
  • Cable alternative: Boxee Box

    BOXEE BOX by D-Link (about $199; boxee.tv/buy) PROS: * Comes with a Web browser, easily bringing the Internet to your TV. * The nifty two-sided remote has a QWERTY keypad on one side and on the other has a few buttons to scroll your cursor across the...
  • How cable works

    HOW IT WORKS: Cable companies pay networks for the right to carry their shows. That's a key way studios and networks such as ESPN make their money these days. That in turn bumps up cable prices. PROS: It's there and it works, no assembly required. CONS:...
  • How Internet TV works

    HOW IT WORKS: * You get a small box, such as an Apple TV ($99; apple.com/appletv), Roku ($59.99-$99.99; roku.com) or Boxee Box from D-Link (about $199; boxee.net/buy). * Connect the box to your TV via HDMI or standard cable, and hook up the box to...