Rich Warren

Rich Warren

Rich Warren | A little assistance for TV shoppers

Here's the most popular reader question of the year so far: "I want to buy a new TV, maybe a 50-inch or so. I had looked forward to the new models that seem to come out around Christmastime, but nothing caught my attention. I do not have any special requirements. It should be reliable, which lets out Samsung in my experience. Simple to use.Modern features. Simple to use (that counts double).

Rich Warren | Increasingly, with electronics, it's best to let pros make fixes

Professionals declare, "Do not try this at home." Whether sword swallowing or servicing your own electronics, leave it to the experts. A reader sent us his sad tale of attempting to replace the battery in his Garmin GPS. Garmin sold him the battery for $20. Garmin secured the battery inside the unit with double-sided tape.

Rich Warren | It pays to be a little paranoid

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you. My friend Thom lives by that axiom. With the recent Facebook revelations, not to mention the Panera, et. al. hacks, apparently the bad guys not only know our politics, but also the kind of bread you want for your sandwich.

Rich Warren | Positive repair stories

I have received a number of emails from readers concerning repairs on their electronic gear. From reader feedback, Campus Mobile bats 1.000. Here are two emails:

Rich Warren | Surround yourself with sound

Nothing written here would qualify as an April fool. So much of consumer electronics and home entertainment verges on outlandish that any joke or hoax about a new product or future development would qualify as unbelievable. Thus, we won't go into the new nuclear-powered smart phone with five-year battery life or the 128K TV being introduced at the next CES.

Rich Warren | Some battery stories are happier than others

Batteries spark controversy. Many blame batteries as the bane of their existence. Without batteries, the untethered products we take for granted would not exist. Recently, we devoted a column to the Sisyphean efforts one reader endured attempting to replace the battery in his iPhone. Here's a story with a happier ending, but also a caveat:

Rich Warren | Television resolution can get complicated

This column seeks resolution, at least where it concerns your TV picture. At the dawn of digital broadcasting nine years ago, nearly anything better than the original analog 480i resolution qualified as "high definition." DVDs, being 480p, were considered enhanced or improved definition.

Rich Warren | Don't pin volume issues on Comcast

If Goldilocks visited the contemporary three bears, she would discover three sets of headphones on the table rather than porridge. She might wonder if any of them were playing at just the right volume. This reader email echoes a complaint that goes back to the advent of television:

Rich Warren | Pursuit of Apple battery an uphill climb

Put an "i" before any electronic device, and it becomes the Apple of your eye. Most Apple owners regard the rest of the electronics industry the way the Crusaders of the Middle Ages felt about the infidels. Thus, few people complain about the faults and flaws of Apple, except for the following reader who wrote this in response to my Jan. 28 iPhone battery replacement column:

Rich Warren | It's a shame that CDs are fading away

Billboard magazine, a trade journal of the music industry, reported that Best Buy will cease selling CDs this summer, while Target will severely limit its CD inventory. Ironically, Best Buy will continue selling LPs. I plan to open a store selling 78 rpm discs.