Joe KissellSenior Contributor, Macworld

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

Sync your personal data

Synchronizing personal data such as contacts, calendars, keychains, and bookmarks has support built into OS X. You just need the right software to take advantage of it.

Set up file sharing

Before you can sync files between to computers, they must be able to see each other. OS X's file sharing features make it relatively easy to mount one Mac's hard drive on another's.

Solve .Mac problems

Syncing can be tricky, but we can help make .Mac work the way you want it to.

Sync your files

Using specialized utilities, you can synchronize file between Macs with minimal setup.

Read RSS feeds in Leopard Mail

With Leopard, Apple added RSS support to the built-in OS X Mail application. In this excerpt from his Take Control of Apple Mail in Leopard ebook, Joe Kissell looks at configuring Mail’s RSS preferences, adding and managing RSS feeds, and viewing RSS articles from Mail.

Clean out old e-mail messages

So far, you’ve reduced the volume of incoming mail, created a filing system, and started using a simple process to deal with the new messages you receive. But what about all those messages still in your inbox? It’s time to take care of them now.

Speed up e-mail replies

When it comes to organizing a large inbox, controlling the e-mail that comes in is only half the solution. You also have to manage the e-mail that goes out. Here's how to take to work out of replying to e-mail.

The fast way to file your e-mail

When you first started using your e-mail program, your inbox may have seemed like a convenient and hassle-free storage bin for all of your incoming messages. But hundreds or thousands of messages later, you’re probably finding the task of managing all of those messages rather unwieldy.

Master Mail’s reminders

If you rely heavily on e-mail to keep track of your projects and responsibilities, then you’ll appreciate Mail’s new ability to create notes that hold important snippets of information.

Turn down the volume on your e-mail

Maintaining an empty (or nearly empty) inbox can make you more productive, result in fewer lost messages, and reduce stress by letting you focus on your most important e-mail. While it may take some initial effort to get there, changing the way you deal with e-mail doesn’t have to be difficult.

Review: SyncTogether 1.0.2

If you're not a .Mac member or if you want to sync in ways .Mac doesn't permit, Mark/Space's SyncTogether 1.0.2 may meet your needs.

Sync your iPhoto libraries

Because of the way iPhoto stores your photos, keeping two libraries in sync takes special effort.

Review: ChronoSync 3.3.6

ChronoSync 3.3.6 is a full-featured synchronization program. It's easy enough for a novice to use immediately, but has enough geeky options to satisfy the most demanding propellerhead.

Review: FoldersSynchronizer X 3.6

FoldersSynchronizer X 3.6's small, unassuming, single-window interface belies a full-featured and reasonably capable file synchronization utility.

Automating Word with AppleScript

Unfortunately, Word 2008 doesn’t support VBA. The good news is that, with a little tinkering, almost anything you could do with a VBA macro in previous versions of Word, you can now do with AppleScript in Word 2008.