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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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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...