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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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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Convert images on the cheap

    Convert images on the cheap
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • September 29-October 3, 2008

    Monday, September 29 Chicago Tribune Newspaper Party Eric Gwinn, The Gadget Adviser Emily Nunn of Good Eating, 'Fake Foods' Maine South H.S. Marching Band www.south.maine207.org Ben Franklin www.hfkpresents.com Skip Parker www.myspace.com/skipparker...
  • Help! My HDTV is busted!

    Help! My HDTV is busted!
    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? --Ben, Chicago A: Today's TVs are more energy-efficient, meaning you'll save money on electricity bills. Some can connect to YouTube,...
  • What kind of computer should I buy?

    What kind of computer should I buy?
    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...
  • Transfer VHS to DVD

    Transfer VHS to DVD
    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...
  • Nannycam shopping

    Nannycam shopping
    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...
  • Too many negatives

    Too many negatives
    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? -- Steve A: You want a flatbed scanner,...