Joe KissellSenior Contributor, Macworld

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

Office apps showdown: Presentations

Which program is better for business presentations: Keynote '09 or PowerPoint 2011? To find out, Joe Kissell uses them both to create the same presentation.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.