| Sep 16, 2011
| 10:15 AM
Q: Is software available to convert several .jpg files to web-ready .pcx files? Hate doing one at a time.
— Jerry, Maryland
A: XnView is a great free image converter for PC/Mac/Linux that doesn't feel like a cut-down, slapped-together mess. You...
| Nov 14, 2011
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...
| Nov 21, 2011
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.
| Nov 29, 2011
| 2:12 PM
Name: The Callet
What it is: A rubbery holder for your BlackBerry or iPhone with pockets on the back to carry credit cards, dollar bills, a driver's license and similar-size items.
The good: The Callet just might replace your wallet. Its no-nonsense...
| Dec 6, 2011
| 1:19 PM
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...
| Sep 26, 2011
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...
| Oct 17, 2011
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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.
A: Sorry to hear about your troubles, Sol....
| Oct 7, 2011
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...
| Oct 11, 2011
| 2:29 PM
HBO Go (Free; iOS)
What it is: A way for HBO subscribers to watch premium content on their iPhones and iPads.
How it works: Log in through your cable subscription user name and password, and voila, top shows wherever you can get an Internet connection....
| May 13, 2011
Q: I recently bought an LG Quantum phone. (You have no idea how hard it was for me to finally give up my reliable RazR-3 ... but I had to.)
Anyway, my grown-up married kids and their friends all have phones that can play "Words With Friends." I wanna...
| Dec 13, 2011
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...