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.
Apple's Disk Utility makes it easy to split a hard drive up into multiple parts called partitions. But why would you ever bother? Joe Kissell shows you five things partitioning a disk allows you to do.
If you’ve been frustrated by iCal’s limitations or are looking for a scheduling program with a little more oomph, BusyMac’s BusyCal may be just what you need.
Twitter versus e-mail? From evading junk mail filters to serving as a quick group messaging service, sometimes Twitter works best.
You may know that your e-mail client uses either the Post Office Protocol (POP) or Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) standard to retrieve your messages. But do you know why you should care? Joe Kissell shows how you can reduce e-mail aggravations by changing the way you receive your messages.
Whether you use Apple's Address Book or Microsoft Entourage's built-in contact manager, duplicate contacts can make it harder to find information you seek. Here's how to clean up the mess.
If you no longer recognize half of the names in your address book, it might be time to clean house. Here's how to get rid of the clutter in Mail, Address Book, and Entourage.
It's convenient, it's free, but sometimes Gmail can also feel a bit primitive. If you wish this popular e-mail service had a few more niceties, check out Joe Kissell's three favorite ways to improve the Gmail experience.