Joe KissellSenior Contributor, Macworld

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

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How to reset your Mac's NVRAM, PRAM, and SMC

If you're experiencing weird glitches with your Mac, this troubleshooting step may help.

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Backups for the creative pro

What to think about when you need to back up vast amounts of data.

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Keynote for Mac 6.5.3 review: Gradual improvements make it more competitive with PowerPoint

Whether you should use version 6.5 over PowerPoint 2016 or Keynote 5.3 depends on what features you need.

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PowerPoint 2016 for Mac review: New interface and features make PowerPoint pleasant

Is it enough to overtake Keynote? That depends on your needs.

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Why I prefer CrashPlan for online backups

Joe Kissell has tried them all: MozyHome, Backblaze, Carbonite, and Dolly Drive. But he keeps coming back to CrashPlan, Java app and all.

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Everything we love, hate, and love to hate about Photos for OS X

Glenn and Susie are joined by special guests Joe Kissell and Jeff Carlson to talk about Photos, iCloud Photo Library, and how it fits into our post-iPhoto-and-Aperture lives.

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Choosing the right launcher for your Mac

Keyboard-based launching utilities can be a real time saver, once you get the hang of them. Here's how four popular options (Launchbar, Alfred, Butler, and Quicksilver) stack up.

How to create a personal cloud with BitTorrent Sync 2.0

You don't have to keep your files in the cloud to get Dropbox-like syncing and sharing. Joe Kissell explains how to get started with BitTorrent Sync.

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BitTorrent Sync 2.0 adds pro features

No longer in beta, your own private cloud stays free for all but adds extra conveniences if you're willing to pay.

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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.