| Sep 30, 2010
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...
| Apr 3, 2011
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...
| Oct 15, 2010
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...
| Mar 11, 2011
Q: My wife's and my two-year contract is up from Verizon. I have been waiting for the HTC ThunderBolt to come out, as I think the 4G network is the future, at least for a few years; however, I am not a very tech-savvy person and have not even been using a...
| 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...
| Aug 12, 2011
I run across useful stuff all the time when researching this column. Here are some recent finds:
Time for a new TV?
If you're shopping for an HDTV, you're probably lost in a marketing morass. What's Micro Dimming/Plus? Is Razor LED lighting something...
| Nov 5, 2010
Is there any reliable do-it-yourself equipment to convert 8mm film? I have thousands of feet, both mine and stuff my father-in-law took as far back as the mid-1940s.
A lot is junk, but I don't know how I could edit it before it's copied given the age...
| Oct 28, 2010
| 2:32 PM
Q: I've been putting off converting my 35mm photos (negatives) to digital.
I've been looking for something I can load a stack of negatives (or photos), push a button and voila!
Know of anything on the market?
A: You want a flatbed scanner,...
| Sep 3, 2011
Q: I am searching to replace my dropped/broken point-and-shoot film camera (was a Nikon but have had other brands). I have not ventured into digital because I always wear polarized prescription bifocal dark glasses outdoors, which requires my switching to...
| Sep 16, 2011
| 10:15 AM
Q: Is software available to convert several .jpg files to web-ready .pcx files? Hate doing one at a time.
— Jerry, Maryland
A: XnView is a great free image converter for PC/Mac/Linux that doesn't feel like a cut-down, slapped-together mess. You...
| Oct 7, 2011
Q: I have a Microsoft Windows XP desktop computer. It is 9 years old ... still works, but I would like to update.
I like the feel of a desktop (used mostly for searching the Net, e-mail, burning CDs) but do not want the wires, speakers, etc., that come...