Joe KissellSenior Contributor, Macworld

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

BusyMac BusyCal 1.0

Apple's iCal ( Macworld rated 4.5 out of 5 mice ), included with OS X, is easy to use--and its price can't be beat. But it's not especially powerful or flexible...

When to Use Twitter Instead of E-mail

Unlike some people, I maintain a good relationship with e-mail. I keep my inbox empty (see Empty your inbox), and junk mail no longer wastes my time, thanks to...

Four Reasons to Switch to IMAP

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...

Find and Merge Address Book Duplicates

Even if you've cleared out old, outdated contacts, you'll still find that one of the most obvious sorts of address book clutter is multiple entries for the same...

Prune Your Contacts

I can't tell you how many times I've looked at my address book, noticed someone's name, and been unable to figure out who the person was or where I'd gotten...

Three Ways to Improve Gmail

Because it's free, easy to use, offers tons of storage space, and has a wide range of features, Google's Gmail is one of the most popular e-mail providers...

The Seven Most Underused Mail Features

If you're anything like me, you fall into certain habits when using programs such as Apple Mail--you get used to using the same small set of core features all...

Web Workflows: Don't Waste Time

[Editor's note: These days, we're all trying to keep up with a daily deluge of online information. That requires several discrete tasks: Checking to see what's...

Six Reasons Desktop E-mail Still Rules

More and more people rely on a Web-based interface for accessing their e-mail, be it Google's Gmail, Apple's MobileMe, or another provider's webmail service...

Five Favorite Entourage Tips

You use it to organize your contacts, keep on schedule, and remember your anniversary--but most importantly, you use it to communicate quickly and effortlessly...

Remember Your Passwords

One objection to using a password utility is that you could someday find yourself without your Mac (or iPhone) and in need of one of your passwords. What then...

Top Password Tips

If you get frustrated every time your Mac asks you to create or enter a password, welcome to the club. The concept of using a secret string of characters to...

Manage Your Passwords

Even if you come up with a perfect mnemonic to remember the passwords r[BYX9-5CY@P and b!MO.n5m862T, you may not be able to remember which one provides access to...

Create Stronger Passwords

An attacker who wants to break into one of your accounts manually might first try likely passwords such as your pet's name, your anniversary, or other terms that...

Empty Your Inbox

(Editor's note: This article won the award for Best How-To Article at American Business Media's 2008 Neal Awards, announced...