Publications & Publicity

Although I can’t guarantee that this page is entirely comprehensive, I’ve done my best to list everything I’ve published to date, as well as speaking engagements, reviews, interviews, and other publicity in the past several years, especially if it’s available in electronic form. This page is updated regularly.

Speaking Engagements (2012 and Later)

In-person Appearances

  • FMUG (Fresno Mac-Apple Users Group, Fresno, CA; November 4, 2014)—What’s New in Yosemite & iOS 8
  • SMOG (Southern California Macintosh Owners-Users Group, Costa Mesa, CA; September 13, 2014)—Take Control of Automating Your Mac
  • Macworld/iWorld 2014 (San Francisco, CA; March 27–29, 2014): Becoming a Creative Complainer
  • Macworld/iWorld 2014 (San Francisco, CA; March 27–29, 2014): Using iCloud Keychain
  • Macworld/iWorld 2014 (San Francisco, CA; March 27–29, 2014): Apple Mail for Power Users
  • HAAUG (Houston Area Apple User Group, Houston, TX; March 15, 2014)—Take Control of iCloud
  • Seattle Study Club Symposium 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ; January 24, 2014)—Take Control of Your Passwords and Take Control of Your Online Privacy
  • MacMania 16 (Rhône River from Lyon, France to Arles, France; November 29–December 6, 2013)—The Joy of (Plain) Text, Living on a Desert Island with Only Your iOS Device, Stay Safe Out There, 50 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know Your iOS Device Can Do
  • MacinTech Users’ Group (Denver, CO; November 12, 2013)—Take Control of Mavericks
  • HMAUS (Hawaii Macintosh & Apple Users’ Society, Honolulu, HI; October 6, 2013) Mactoberfest—The Discoverability Paradox
  • Maui Apple User Society (Kahului, HI; October 2, 2013)—Take Control of Your Passwords & Online Privacy
  • Pacific New Media Program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Outreach College (Manoa, HI; September 29, 2013)—Workshops on Maximum Mac and iPad Essentials
  • FMUG (Fresno Mac & Apple Users Group, Fresno, CA; September 3, 2013)—Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Your iOS Devices (but Were Afraid to Ask)
  • UCSD Campus LISA (La Jolla, CA; July 10, 2013)—Approaching New Technology Like a Two-Year-Old
  • ATX (Adobe Technology Exchange, Lakewood, CA; June 15, 2013)—An iPad Triptych
  • Macworld/iWorld 2013 (San Francisco, CA; January 31, 2013)—Getting Cozy with Siri
  • MacMania 14 (Rhine River from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Basel, Switzerland; April 12–19, 2012)—Getting to Know Your First iPad, Coloring Outside the Lines with Your iOS Device, iPad Kung Fu for the Extreme Mac Geek, Speeding Up Your Mac
  • Macworld | iWorld 2012 (San Francisco, CA; January 28, 2012)—Macworld Live panel discussion “Take Control and E-publishing“ (YouTube video link) with Adam Engst, Tonya Engst, Glenn Fleishman, Jeff Carlson, and Michael Cohen; moderated by Macworld’s Chris Breen
  • Macworld | iWorld 2012 (San Francisco, CA; January 26–28, 2012)—Unitasking in the Apple Ecosystem, Getting to Know Siri

Live Video Presentations (see also “Interviews and Podcasts” below)

  • HMAUS (Hawaii Macintosh & Apple Users Society, Honolulu, HI; November 29, 2014)—Cool Tips for Yosemite & iOS 8
  • The Villages Apple User Group (The Villages, FL; October 22, 2014)—What’s New in Yosemite & iOS 8
  • Charlotte Apple Computer Club (Charlotte, NC; October 14, 2014)—Take Control of Your Passwords
  • SVMUG (Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group, Mountain View, CA; September 15, 2014)—Take Control of Your Security & Privacy
  • CAUG (Chicago Apple User Group, Chicago, IL; September 3, 2014)—What’s New in Yosemite
  • SVMUG (Silicon Valley Mac Users Group, Mountain View, CA)—Take Control of Mavericks (December 16, 2013)
  • Webinar hosted by CrashPlan—Backup Myths and Misconceptions (June 28, 2013)
  • CMC (Connecticut Macintosh Connection presentation, Farmington, CT—Take Control of Your Passwords (June 26, 2013)
  • HMAUS (Hawaii Macintosh & Apple Users’ Society, Honolulu, HI) Springfest—Take Control of The Cloud (May 11, 2013)
  • HMUG (Huntsville Macintosh Users Group, Huntsville, AL)—Take Control of Your Passwords (April 27, 2013)
  • WoodwardMUG (Woodward Macintosh Users Group, Quincy, MA)—Take Control of Your Passwords (March 20, 2013)
  • NMUG (Naples MacFriends User Group, Naples, FL)—Take Control of Your Passwords (March 13, 2013)
  • MacBreak Weekly video podcast—passwords, the Evernote security breach, and more with Leo Laporte, Andy Ihnatko, and Rene Ritchie (March 5, 2013).
  • NEOAC (North East Ohio Apple Corps, Strongsville, OH)—iCloud Revisited (February 23, 2013)
  • Take Control Live: Working with Your iPad (on sale November 29, 2012 • presentations on December 6, 2012; January 12, 2013; February 6, 2013; and March 2, 2013)
  • TidBITS Presents: Protecting Your Digital Life (August 22, 2012)
  • TidBITS Presents: Upgrading to and Using Mountain Lion (August 1, 2012)
  • TidBITS Presents: Adieu MobileMe (June 16, 2012)
  • Charlotte Apple Computer Club (Charlotte, NC; June 12, 2012)—Life After MobileMe
  • SVMUG (Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group, Mountain View, CA; June 18, 2012)—Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Mountain Lion (but Were Afraid to Ask)
  • Triangle Macintosh Users Group (Northeastern Piedmont, NC; May 14, 2012)—Life After MobileMe
  • HMAUS (Honolulu, Hawaii; May 5, 2012)—Using Your iPad for Work
  • The Villages MUG (The Villages, FL; April 29, 2012)—Take Control of iCloud
  • Apple iClub (a SIG of the Villages MUG) (The Villages, FL; March 12, 2012)—Virtual live video panel discussion about the iPad with Adam and Tonya Engst and Chuck Joiner
  • O’Reilly Media—webcast about iCloud (February 3, 2012)
  • Macworld | iWorld 2012 (San Francisco, CA; January 28, 2012)—Macworld Live panel discussion “Take Control and E-publishing“ (YouTube video link) with Adam Engst, Tonya Engst, Glenn Fleishman, Jeff Carlson, and Michael Cohen; moderated by Macworld’s Chris Breen
  • WoodwardMUG (Quincy, MA; January 12, 2012)—Take Control of iCloud
  • AshMUG (Ashland, OR; January 10, 2012)—Take Control of iCloud

Mac-Related Writing

Take Control Ebooks

Printed Books

Mac Security Bible cover

TidBITS Articles

Magazine Articles

Macworld Articles

Macworld Reviews

MacTech Articles

Posts on Other Blogs

  • I did a series of guest posts for the CrashPlan blog, including Procrastination—The Biggest Danger to Your Data (July 18, 2013) and The Need for (Backup) Speed (July 25, 2013)
  • I wrote a four-part story on the CrashPlan blog about a user whose data survived Hurricane Sandy thanks to CrashPlan online backups: Against All Elements—part 1 (March 8, 2013), part 2 (March 15, 2013), part 3 (March 22, 2013), and part 4 (March 29, 2013)
  • I wrote a four-part case study for Code 42 Software’s blog called “Against All Elements.” It chronicled mastering engineer Drew Lavyne’s data loss and recovery as a result of Hurricane Sandy. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4; March 8–29, 2013)


Reviews of Take Control Ebooks

Interviews and Podcasts



Tech Night Owl Live

Other Publicity

  • I was a guest on Jesse’s Secret Stash, a radio show on San Diego’s ESPN 1700 AM, for a discussion about online privacy (recorded live on December 23, 2014 and posted on December 25, 2014; here’s the direct YouTube link)
  • I talked with Don Schaffner, Ben Chapman, and host Benjamin Alexander about Thanksgiving dinner on Fiat Lux’s The Panel podcast (November 21, 2013).
  • I talked with Benjamin Alexander about Mavericks, Nisus Writer, Thanksgiving dinner, and a variety of other topics on his Pulling the String podcast (October 29, 2013).
  • David Chartier interviewed me about 1Password (and my book on it) on the AgileBits Blog (October 25, 2013).
  • I was on Bytemarks Cafe, a radio show on KIPO (Hawaii Public Radio), with Ross Rasmussen and host Burt Lum to talk about my workshops at Pacific New Media (September 25, 2013).
  • I appeared on the Macworld Podcast (April 10, 2013) with Chris Breen, Serenity Caldwell, Scholle McFarland, and Dan Moren to discuss The iPad Office, a new ebook to which I was a contributor.
  • Lon Keller interviewed me about Take Control of Your Passwords on Sundog: The Podcast 051 - Securing Your Digital Life (March 27, 2013)
  • I joined Mark Greentree on Not Another Mac Podcast to discuss Unitasking in the Apple Ecosystem (March 3, 2012)
  • Mac McCarthy posted an article titled “MacWorld 2012: Top Tips and Tricks for Apple’s Siri“ about my Macworld | iWorld 2012 talk about/with Siri. (January 31, 2012)
  • I did a live video presentation on MobileMe for NEOAC, the Northeast Ohio Apple Corps Macintosh User Group, on January 22, 2011. You can view a recording of the entire presentation online.
  • John Finnan and Tim Chaten interviewed me on the iPad Possibilities Podcast about working with your iPad (August 12, 2010).
  • Eolake Stobblehouse interviewed me about Take Control of Working with Your iPad on his blog on June 4, 2010.
  • I was interviewed for an article by David Sanderson in the Winnipeg Free Press titled “Stiz on Warriages” (February 24, 2007). The article was about portmanteau, which I discussed on Interesting Thing of the Day; the title is derived from “Read our ST-ory, then take our qu-IZ on unlikely W-ord m-ARRIAGES.”
  • John Nemerovski interviewed me about Real World Mac Maintenance and Backups for a podcast on December 1, 2006. My segment runs from 37:27–46:10, near the end.
  • The article “Apple’s Appeal” by Nathan Halverson in The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, California) on Monday, October 2, 2006 (pages D1 and D8), included a few quotes from me about running Windows on a Mac.
  • Adam Engst wrote Joe Kissell Leaving TidBITS (an April Fool’s spoof; 2006-04-01).
  • Adam Engst announced my new job at TidBITS in Joe Kissell Joins TidBITS as Senior Editor (2006-03-20).
  • Talking Joe Kissell—interview (by email) with Tim Gadenabout Apple Mail on his Hawk Wings blog (February 9, 2006)
  • Net Publishing Made Profitable in Wired News—interview in article by Leander Kahney (August 13, 2004).

Food-Related Writing

Apart from my long-neglected blog about food and technology, The Geeky Gourmet, I’ve written a few things about Thanksgiving dinner…

Thanksgiving Dinner

  • Take Control of Thanksgiving Dinner ebook (Version: 1.1, September 27, 2007; originally published September 22, 2006)
  • An excerpt from Take Control of Thanksgiving Dinner appeared on Wired News: Deal With Turkey Day Disasters (November 20, 2006).
  • I contributed Thanksgiving Cooking Gadgets to the Wired Gear Factor blog on Sunday, November 19, 2006.
  • I appeared (briefly!) on a live broadcast of CBS-5’s “Eye on the Bay” TV show on November 14, 2006. Go to this URL. You have to watch the commercial, and then wait for the whole thing to buffer, and then move the slider ahead about 4/5 of the way through the show to see my unexciting little segment.
  • An article in the Tompkins Weekly, a paper from Ithaca, New York, discussed Take Control of Thanksgiving Dinner and featured a photo of Adam and Tonya Engst. The article “Techies Talk Turkey in Latest E-Book” by Danielle Klock was in the November 13, 2006 issue (PDF, page 5).

Derelict Sites

I previously worked on several other Web sites, which still exist although they haven’t been updated in years and likely never will be: