Joe KissellSenior Contributor, Macworld

Joe Kissell is a senior editor of TidBits and the author of numerous ebooks in the Take Control series, including the just-published Take Control of Apple Mail.

Why Time Machine isn't enough for backup

From the beginning, though, Time Machine’s design has made it less than ideal for certain backup needs. As time has passed, backup products have evolved. How does Time Machine compare to the competition today?

Outlook 2011 keyboard shortcut cheat sheet

Many common keyboard shortcuts changed between Entourage 2008 and Outlook 2011. Help your fingers learn new habits with this cheat sheet.

Make a smooth switch to Outlook 2011

Switching to Microsoft's new e-mail, contacts, and calendar program need not be traumatic, but it’s different enough that you may be disoriented at first. These tips will get you started.

Choosing between MobileMe and Google

MobileMe and Google offer similar capabilities, but which one is better? While there’s no single answer that’s right for everyone, Joe Kissel offers several factors to keep in mind when making your decision.

Sync data using MobileMe or Google

As soon as your collection of Apple devices running OS X or iOS expands to two or more, the issue of syncing personal data is bound to come up. Joe Kissel looks at how to make it work with both Apple's $99-a-year MobileMe and Google's free services.

Other sync options

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.

Office 2011: Who needs a suite?

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.

Essential Mail shortcuts

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.

Five things to do before leaving for vacation

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.

Mac utilities: Do uninstallers work?

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.

Sync data with Macs, iPhones using Google

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.

Protect data with encrypted hard drives

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.

Unclutter your hard drive

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.

Migrate a Time Machine backup

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.

Treat a misbehaving Time Capsule

Time Capsule is on the blink? Joe Kissell will show you how to fix it.