Joe KissellSenior Contributor, Macworld

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

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.

The secret to great presentations: it's not about the software

A lot of presenters spend all their time focusing on blends, transitions, and animations. They should spend more time on what they're saying, instead.

How to prepare for a Mac disaster

There isn't much you can do about earthquakes, fires, and other misfortunes. But you can do something to minimize the harm they do your Mac and other digital assets.

How to make two-factor authentication less of a pain

Increasingly, online services are requiring two-factor authentication instead of simple old passwords. Too bad that authentication can be such a hassle. Here's how to make it easier.

How to get the biggest bang for your broadband bucks

Joe Kissell needed broadband service and had a couple of providers to choose from. Here's how he figured out which one was right for him.

Running Windows on a Mac: Why I prefer VMware Fusion

When it comes to virtualization software, Joe Kissell's demands aren't that extreme. VMware Fusion does what he needs it to do without a lot of hassle.

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Four reasons to get a remote control for your iPhone

There are times when it'd be really handy to have a remote control for your iPhone (or iPad). Joe Kissell runs down the scenarios and the best solutions.

How to work at home with kids

Working at home is one thing. Working at home with kids in the house is something else entirely. Here's how freelancer Joe Kissell gets it done.

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Tools of the trade: Why I prefer Nisus Writer

Joe Kissell processes words for a living. But the tool he prefers for that work isn't made by Microsoft or Apple. Here's why he chooses to use Nisus Writer instead.

The easy, DIY system for group-editing big documents

Need to keep track of who's doing what while collaborating on big documents? You could use a fancy version-control system. Or you could adopt the simple process that Joe Kissell and his colleagues came up with.

Replacing Messages Theater: more screen-sharing alternatives

Recently, Chris Breen offered a couple of suggestions for coping with the loss of screen-sharing tools in Mavericks' version of Messages. Joe Kissell has some additional suggestions of his own.