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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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  • 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:...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...