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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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  • Tech gear you'll want in 2011

    Tech gear you'll want in 2011
    It's official. This is the year of the tablet. Companies all over are trying to make the next iPad, a slim, easy-to-use Web-surfing machine that turns your finger into something like a computer mouse. This overgrown iPhone without the phone has spawned a...
  • 3 hot technology tips

    3 hot technology tips
    I run across useful stuff all the time when researching this column. Here are some recent finds: Time for a new TV? If you're shopping for an HDTV, you're probably lost in a marketing morass. What's Micro Dimming/Plus? Is Razor LED lighting something...
  • How to convert 8mm to digital

    How to convert 8mm to digital
    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...
  • Too many negatives

    Too many negatives
    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? -- Steve A: You want a flatbed scanner,...
  • In a digital world, what about film?

    In a digital world, what about film?
    Q: I am searching to replace my dropped/broken point-and-shoot film camera (was a Nikon but have had other brands). I have not ventured into digital because I always wear polarized prescription bifocal dark glasses outdoors, which requires my switching to...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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...