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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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  • Dump your drives the green way

    Dump your drives the green way
    Q: How can I dispose of a dysfunctional La Cie external hard drive so that stored data cannot be retrieved? — S.S. A: If all else fails, take a sledgehammer to it and beat it to a plastic-and-metal mess (make sure you're wearing eye protection!)....
  • iPad update: Screen won't lock

    iPad update: Screen won't lock
    Questions from around the Thanksgiving dinner table: Q: I updated my iPad to the newest operating system, but now I can't lock my screen, so it bounces around all over the place. A: Yeah, the updated software hides the screen lock function. Tap the home...
  • In the market for an upgrade

    In the market for an upgrade
    Q: Hi Eric; It's time for us to upgrade our home computer. I have a Dell desktop. I know I want a laptop, but do I want a PC or a Mac? How do I decide? Do you have any suggestions of where to start researching? Thank you, thank you, thank you! —...
  • A look at the 'do not track' registry

    A look at the 'do not track' registry
    Would the FTC's proposed "do not track" registry really keep marketers, advertisers and others from following you around online? It would be a great, but companies that want to know where you go and what you buy online -- so they can tell you about stuff...
  • Guide for new Mac users

    Guide for new Mac users
    After nearly two decades of PC ownership, I've gone back to Mac. I got tired of life with two laptops — a tricked-out (for 2005) Windows machine and my wife's hand-me-down Mac. I recently bit the bullet and grabbed a 13-inch MacBook Pro, maxed out...
  • Get back to BASIC

    Get back to BASIC
    Q: I have an old Sharp handheld battery-powered computer that still works fairly decently. It's time for a replacement, preferably using old BASIC programming language, as I prefer to do my own custom programming. Is there anything similar out there?...
  • Make that old PC fly

    Make that old PC fly
    If you didn't find a new computer under your Christmas tree, there are things you can do to make your old machine run like wind. If you don't have the know-how to do these tricks, find a computer repair technician who can. Upgrade your RAM: Few things...
  • More on scanning negatives

    More on scanning negatives
    Here's why we count on you readers to help us out. Maybe you remember Steve? He had stacks of 35mm negatives to scan, so he asked us to recommend a scanner. Judging by our e-mail responses, this is a hot topic for a lot of people. We suggested the pricey...
  • Got new toys? Sell the old ones

    So, you got the gear you wanted. Great! Or you didn't get it (bummer), and you're planning to treat yourself to what you really wanted, just as soon as you get your hands on some cash. Here's how you can make money off your old gadgets, either because...
  • Teach an old gadget new tricks

    With all the flashy new stuff announced at the Consumer Electronics Show this week, it's easy to think of your gear as flabby, old and tired. Well, here's a neat little trick that might not make iPhone 4/ iPad owners feel like you've got a new toy, but...
  • HD radio worth trying out

    HD radio worth trying out
    Q: I want to buy a portable HD radio with a speaker that I can carry out to the patio or elsewhere. I have an HD radio, and I like the HD programs here in Peoria on the NPR station, but the radio is solidly plugged into the wall, the plug difficult to...
  • Serviceman seeks worthy e-reader

    Serviceman seeks worthy e-reader
    Q: I am on a Navy ship called the USS Laboon. I am looking at getting an e-reader. I have seen many on the Internet and not sure which is the best. I would be using the reader while out to sea. I also wanted to be able to download books on audio, so I can...