Joe KissellSenior Contributor, Macworld

Joe Kissell is a senior editor of TidBits and the author of numerous ebooks in the Take Control series.

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Choosing the right launcher for your Mac

Keyboard-based launching utilities can be a real time saver, once you get the hang of them. Here's how four popular options (Launchbar, Alfred, Butler, and Quicksilver) stack up.

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BitTorrent Sync 2.0 adds pro features

No longer in beta, your own private cloud stays free for all but adds extra conveniences if you're willing to pay.

How to create a personal cloud with BitTorrent Sync 2.0

You don't have to keep your files in the cloud to get Dropbox-like syncing and sharing. Joe Kissell explains how to get started with BitTorrent Sync.

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Copy, Paste, Repeat: Finding the best clipboard manager for Mac

If you've ever felt the pain of accidentally copying over something important on your clipboard, you need a clipboard manager. We round up the top options for this essential Mac utility, including launchers that serve double-duty.

How to reset your Mac's NVRAM, PRAM, and SMC

If you're experiencing weird glitches with your Mac, this troubleshooting step may help. Joe Kissell explains when and how to zap your NVRAM.

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Four text skills every Mac user should have in 2015

Make it your goal to employ Joe Kissell's text techniques in the coming year.

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How to use benchmarks to cut through marketing hype

Does deleting large files or defragmenting your drive really make a difference? Run some tests and find out.

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How to choose the best video calling method

Much can be said over the phone or in email, but sometimes a face-to-face interaction is best. Joe Kissell outlines the best ways to do that with your Mac.

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Microsoft PowerPoint for iOS review: Presenter View feature makes the subscription version worth it

This updated presentation tool gives Keynote a run for its money.

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How to simplify overlapping cloud storage services

You don't really need 18 cloud accounts.

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What to do when you're about to run out of broadband data

A meticulous backup strategy actually backfired on Joe Kissell recently, eating up half of his family's monthly bandwidth in just a week. Here's how he coped—brother, can you spare a byte?

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Automate your Mac: 10 ways to speed up iTunes, Safari, and more

If you do the same things over and over, day after day, why not automate them using tools like Keyboard Maestro and TextExpander? Here are ten fast solutions for ten common tasks.

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Drive-cloning utilities: The best Mac apps for making a bootable backup

A good backup plan should include a bootable duplicate. We tell you the best app for the task.

Improve your presentation skills: the emergency road-show toolkit

When you hit the road to deliver important presentations, things are bound to go wrong eventually. But when they do, you can still wow the crowd if you've brought the right stuff. Here's what Joe Kissell packs in his emergency tool-kit.

Improve your presentation skills: how to make smoother slide transitions in Keynote

Too often, we still think of presentations as one-slide-after-another. But Joe Kissell has some tips for making them practically seamless and cinematic.