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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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  • Catching up with online music services

    Catching up with online music services
    Q: I need help on a good music program. I would like to buy (not free sites such as Limewire) and download only music I desire. I hear folks talk about iTunes, but that and VCast seem to be directed to my cellphone. I want to download to my PC. Other...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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:...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Should you shut down your PC?

    Should you shut down your PC?
    Q: Being Depression babies my wife and have our minds tuned to never leave a room without turning out the lights. We still do this so I am programmed to turn off our PC at night and if we are out for a few hours. Is this dumb? A tech told me I would cause...