| Sep 22, 2010
Q: My 6-year-old HDTV is broken and it will cost $400-$500 to repair. Would it make more sense to buy a new one?
A: Today's TVs are more energy-efficient, meaning you'll save money on electricity bills. Some can connect to YouTube,...
| 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...
| 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...
| Oct 22, 2010
Q: I'm thinking about getting a nanny cam, but I don't know what I should be looking for. Thoughts?
— Lucy, Niles
A: Most people buying a nanny cam are looking for peace of mind. Is the sitter treating my child well? Is my house OK while I'm on...
| 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,...
| 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...
| Nov 12, 2010
Here's why we count on you readers to help us out. Maybe you remember Steve? He had stacks of 35mm negatives to scan, so he asked us to recommend a scanner. Judging by our e-mail responses, this is a hot topic for a lot of people.
We suggested the pricey...
| Nov 18, 2010
Holiday madness is coming, but this year you're armed: Your iPhone and a few convenient applications will help you get through the dark days ahead and keep you on top of everything — including your sanity. Check the iTunes App Store for these...
| Aug 6, 2010
| 1:15 PM
Go ahead, wave to your 3-D TV to make it change channels, or tell it to record your favorite show tonight. While you watch TV, your dishwasher will run when electricity is cheapest, and your water heater will anticipate when you're ready for a bath.
| Nov 26, 2010
Questions from around the Thanksgiving dinner table:
Q: I updated my iPad to the newest operating system, but now I can't lock my screen, so it bounces around all over the place.
A: Yeah, the updated software hides the screen lock function. Tap the home...
| Dec 3, 2010
Would the FTC's proposed "do not track" registry really keep marketers, advertisers and others from following you around online?
It would be a great, but companies that want to know where you go and what you buy online -- so they can tell you about stuff...