Although the basic methods for syncing your data with MobileMe and Google are effective for most people, they aren’t the only means of keeping your data in sync between devices. Joe Kissel looks at a sampling of some of the other syncing products and services.
Are software suites still relevant? Does anybody really need all those programs bundled together? Or would we be better off buying just the apps we need, from whatever vendor we like? Joe Kissell has some thoughts.
Wish Apple's Mail could do something? There might already be a feature for that. Learn how to take advantage of Mail's not so obvious abilities to efficiently e-mail a group, view multiple mailboxes at the same time, and more.
Heading out of town? Take care of a few critical tasks--from backing up your data to setting up remote access--and you can leave your desk behind without a second glance.
It should be as easy as dragging and dropping to the Trash. But uninstalling Mac apps is rarely that easy. That's why there are uninstaller utilities, which claim to get rid of every last vestige of a program. But do they really work? Joe Kissell does some testing to find out.
If you don't want to spend the money for MobileMe just to be able to sync contacts and calendars among various Macs and iPhones, you can get the same results for free using Google.
If you want to encrypt the contents of an external hard drive to protect its data in case of loss or theft, you’ve got a lot of options.
Old, unneeded files do more than just waste space. They can also slow down searches, backups, and other basic chores; sometimes, they cause crashes. Joe Kissell explains how to clean out the cruft.
Moving to a bigger backup disk can mean losing all your existing Time Machine backups. Joe Kissell shows you how to keep what you've got while upping your space.
Time Capsule is on the blink? Joe Kissell will show you how to fix it.
Even though different browsers excel at different tasks, it can be a pain to keep passwords, bookmarks, and more in sync. Joe Kissell shows you how to make the process seamless.
Safari and Firefox make great everyday choices, but sometimes you a specialist. Here are the best alternative browsers to help with specific tasks.
Joe Kissell thinks either Apple Safari or Mozilla Firefox should be your default browser. But how do you decide between these two Web heavy-hitters? Take a look at their strengths.
Do your applications quit without warning? Is your Mac stalling during start-up? Are you finding unusual numbers of corrupted files? You may have a faulty hard drive. Joe Kissel explains how to diagnose and fix the problem.
When it comes to safeguarding your data, external hard drives are the way to go. In this excerpt from Take Control of Mac OS X Backups, Joe Kissell explains why and shows you what to consider when shopping for an external hard drive.