| Oct 22, 2011
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...
| Sep 9, 2011
| 3:32 PM
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...
| Mar 10, 2012
Q: How do you go about deleting contacts in Gmail? Are you just supposed to have your chat contacts hanging around forever and ever?
A: Open Gmail and click Mail on the left side of the page, then click Contacts. Select the contact you...
| Jul 10, 2010
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...
| Sep 29, 2008
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| 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...