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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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  • All-in-one desktops vs. laptops

    All-in-one desktops vs. laptops
    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...
  • More on VHS transfer

    More on VHS transfer
    Q: After reading your recommendation of this product (in Sunday's paper) to transfer old VHS tapes to DVD, I looked it up, only to discover that it is only a DVD player/VCR recorder! Perhaps you could let us all know what model you meant to recommend? A:...
  • Deciphering video formats

    Q: We had a family reunion in Ireland. A DVD was made of all of us together but I cannot get it to play on my DVD (player). My brother said I have to convert the format to USA format. I have no idea who would do it for me. Can you guide me? I live in...
  • A user's guide to slightly used gadgets

    A user's guide to slightly used gadgets
    Q: Should you buy refurbished electronics? A: With the holidays coming up and the economy crushing your wallet, it makes sense to consider less-expensive toys as gifts — for yourself as well as others. You won't be giving up much, either: Even...
  • What's more important: Processor or RAM?

    What's more important: Processor or RAM?
    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...
  • 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...
  • Goodbye, Gmail contacts; hello, new TV

    Goodbye, Gmail contacts; hello, new TV
    Q: How do you go about deleting contacts in Gmail? Are you just supposed to have your chat contacts hanging around forever and ever? — Dan A: Open Gmail and click Mail on the left side of the page, then click Contacts. Select the contact you...
  • 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...
  • Watch TV on your phone

    Watch TV on your phone
    Name: MobiTV iPhone app What it is: A free way to watch shows from Fox News, Comedy Central, NBC Sports and other programming — most of it recorded — on your phone. The free app, downloaded 1 million times from the Apple App Store, gives...
  • Kindle in France? Oui

    Kindle in France? Oui
    Recent Gadget Q&A columns about the Amazon Kindle, the Apple iPod and the Apple iPhone have brought in questions from readers. Great. Please keep 'em coming, gang. Q: I am vacationing in Florida from France and contemplating buying a Kindle reader here....
  • 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?...