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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

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  • Cable alternatives: Roku

    ROKU ($59.99-$99.99; roku.com) PROS: * The availability of Amazon and Hulu Plus compare nicely to Apple TV's iTunes. Hulu Plus lets you watch many current shows. * If you're a paying Amazon Prime customer, you can stream your Amazon video from your...
  • Replacing cable: How do you watch TV?

    "I WATCH TONS OF TV. I DON'T WANT TO WAIT FOR MY SHOWS, AND I DON'T WANT TO FOOL WITH A COMPUTER." Stick with cable. Easy to use and costs less than buying your favorite shows episode by episode. "I JUST WANT TO WATCH THE SHOWS I WANT TO WATCH." * Let'...
  • Cable alternatives: Apple TV

    APPLE TV ($99; apple.com/appletv) PROS: * Of the three boxes we tested, the hassle-free Apple TV is the easiest to set up and use. * Your iTunes video library can go with you on an iPhone or iPod Touch. * YouTube is built in * You can stream your...
  • 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...
  • Xbox games lift Microsoft sales

    Microsoft Corp. recently announced revenue of $9.19 billion for the quarter ended Sept. 30. Redmond's revenue from its Home and Entertainment segment grew 9 percent, thanks to increased sales of Xbox consoles and games. The system's price drop to $150...
  • A few of TiVo's little secrets

    A few of TiVo's little secrets
    I don't watch much television. Which is why my wife and I bought a TiVo. Two of them, actually. Now I can go upstairs and catch ESPN's "SportsCenter" and Cartoon Network's "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" -- two of the few shows I do like -- whenever I want....
  • 'Myst' and 'Doom' share almost forgotten connection

    "Myst." "Doom." If you're a political pessimist, you think those words seem ready to swallow this fractured world. If you're a disaffected kid who plays a loud and raucous guitar, those words sound like great song titles or perfect band names. If you're...
  • Next generation of TiVo: Bravo!

    The next generation of TiVo-like digital video recorders will be able to record up to five shows at once while playing another and will be able to monitor home video security systems and send video to multiple rooms simultaneously. Current DVRs can handle...
  • 'Groove' on a Sony afternoon

    "EyeToy: Play" was just the beginning. Now Sony has come up with a new way to put your image into the game. "EyeToy: Groove" features 25 licensed hits you can dance to while the EyeToy camera projects your image into your PS2 and onto your TV. Due out...