I’ve been using Apple machines as my primary and preferred desktop since my cherry iMac in the early 2000′s. I then bought a cube, the 12″ aluminum iBook, followed by a mac mini, then a white iMac and, today, I work off an iMac 24″ I7. I’ve had a iPod and iPhone since generation 1 and I acquired the first iPad when it was available.
While I’m not a slavering fanboi of Apple – I still maintain that they’re generally overpriced – I use Apple and their products because, well, simply, they work. They do what you want, when you want it, and they don’t interrupt your daily work flow with lots of silly, unnecessary questions or confirmations.
Well, let me revise that. Apple, as a generality, mostly works.
One of the other things I was an early-adopter for was the .mac account, now known as the .me (or dot-me) account. This account, for only $99/year, allows you to keep your personal data in-sync across all Apple hardware (and some PC) products. This is the part that mostly works.
What annoys me the most about the whole .me experience is that you’re paying for something which is freely offered elsewhere. That, and the address book part of sync really doesn’t work. (If it did, there wouldn’t be apps in the AppStore dedicated to cleaning out your address book. Yes, I’ve bought and tried those. They mostly work in that they manage to eradicate about 90% of the problems in my address book. One release even went so far as to introduce new problems – but that’s another story.
And the address book glitches always seem to pop-up at the worst possible time: I need to call the IT-liaison because my production server went down and address-book is now showing me the last 10-years of his phone numbers (apparently, it’s really hard to get stuff perma-deleted…) displayed in a bewildering array of information.
Plus, it’s really aggravating to have to part with a hundred bucks a year. I mean, a hundred bucks a year isn’t a lot, but at one time, it’s pretty significant. And, if you don’t think so, let me ship you the two teenagers that are living with me right now and you can feed them for a few months, and then you can tell me what you think.
So, despite my inner-paranoia over google’s predilection towards harvesting, storing and re-selling my data, I got a daily-use (as opposed to my throw-away) email account and went over to my dot-me account and set-up mail forwarding and vacation mail notices. Which means, that if you’ve emailed me in the last month or so, you received an auto-response from me stating that me email address has changed – please make a note.
Snicker. Update your address book.
This move was prompted by my new company’s heavy usage of google tools. Having tasted the kool-aid, I had no other choice but to submit, slurping down the sugary mixture by the ubergallon.
How-to’s on converting your Mac-life over to Google have been done to death and won’t be repeated here. The point is that Google mail works (and, if you’ve not looked at mailplane, and you’re using gmail, you should!), the associated tools work – everything works. When you combine all that with a Dropbox account, you’ve got the complete me-dot-com feature set.
Other than giving-up the .me domain, which I don’t view as that much of a status symbol – not compared to .mac – I really don’t understand the value-add prop of a dot-me account that you can’t get elsewhere….