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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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  • What you need to know to upgrade your phone

    What you need to know to upgrade your phone
    Q: I currently have an "ancient" BlackBerry that I love. But it's time to update. I am a Mac user so I thought if was reasonable to upgrade to an iPhone. Can you walk me through a "decision tree" or survey to help me decide what is the best device for my...
  • Dump your drives the green way

    Dump your drives the green way
    Q: How can I dispose of a dysfunctional La Cie external hard drive so that stored data cannot be retrieved? — S.S. A: If all else fails, take a sledgehammer to it and beat it to a plastic-and-metal mess (make sure you're wearing eye protection!)....
  • Can I transfer e-books?

    Can I transfer e-books?
    As the ancient philosopher Mick Jagger once opined, "You Can't Always Get What You Want." Q: Hopefully you can help. I have many read and unread books paid for and downloaded into my Sony e-book reader (the first model). Someone helped me transfer them...
  • More on e-recycling, Kodak Photo CDs

    More on e-recycling, Kodak Photo CDs
    When S.S. asked recently about disposing of a hard drive so that its data couldn't be retrieved, I didn't imagine the number of emails I'd get. I suggested seeking out an e-Steward, a recycler certified by the Basel Action Network as a greener recycler...
  • A hand-held TSA helper

    A hand-held TSA helper
    My TSA (free; iOS) What it is: Answers to the Transportation Security Administration's most frequently asked questions, plus travelers (often-outdated) reports of how long you must wait in the security checkpoint line at any U.S. airport. How it works:...
  • 3 hot technology tips

    3 hot technology tips
    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...
  • In a digital world, what about film?

    In a digital world, what about film?
    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...
  • Life in the cloud

    Life in the cloud
    Q: Is "i-clouds" now operational? Can I transfer the songs on my iTunes account, thereby freeing up that space on my hard drive? — Joe, via email A: If you're referring to Apple's iCloud service, it's not available yet — Apple says it's...
  • Broken VCR? Time to transfer those tapes

    Broken VCR? Time to transfer those tapes
    (EDITOR'S NOTE: THIS STORY CONTAINS CORRECTED INFORMATION.) Q: I have two VCRs that fell apart and I would like to have the tape placed on a DVD. Who or where do I go? Thank you for your reply. — Sol A: Sorry to hear about your troubles, Sol....
  • 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:...