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 want to delete, then click More > Delete. The contact's name will disappear from your contact list but will remain part of your Gmail account for 30 days, in case you want to add the contact again. After 30 days, the contact will be removed permanently.

You also can delete or edit your contacts by signing in at (note: "https," not "http").

With Google products, you can sometimes can find hidden doors by clicking next to a heading. For instance on a Google News page (, holding your cursor near a headline will reveal double arrows that you can click to reveal or hide more stories on the topic.

Q: My TV just went up, and now I need to buy a new one, but there are so many choices. It's just me, I'm thinking about a 40-inch or 42-inch. What is the best: LED? Plasma? I don't need a lot of gadgets, just TV. What brand would you suggest?

— Edie

A: LCD TVs rule the 40- to 42-inch range, and among LCDs, Samsung, Sharp, Panasonic and Sony are high-performing brands. Vizio wins on cost in this range, but after seeing the clarity of the other sets, you might be spoiled. Consumer Reports seems to like Vizio's larger TVs more.

Consumer Reports gives "very good" ratings to the 40-inch Samsung LN40D630, which runs in the $700-to-$800 range, followed very closely by the 42-inch Panasonic Viera TC-L42D30, which goes for about $1,000. Cnet preferred the more expensive Samsung UN40D6400, but both reviewers included lots of Samsung models among their favorite TVs in the 40- to 42-inch range.

Many shoppers look at a TV's specifications until their eyes start to cross, hoping to narrow down the insane number of TVs to choose from. I could recite stats all day long, but it comes down to what looks best to you and what fits in your price range.

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