What I have *not* bought since I converted was a .Mac account. Back when I switched, high-speed internet connectivity was quite expensive and having a .Mac account with a dial-up connection to the ‘net seems preposterous to me. As years went on, I sort of forgotten about .Mac and went on with my life… until today. MobileMe was officially announced by his royal Jobness and it made me take a second look at the service formerly known as .Mac.
- At $99 a year, a .Mac (or MobileMe subscriber) will get:
- My own personal email address
- Push email
- Mail, Contacts and Calendar synchronization
- Online picture gallery
- A personal/family web host
- Secure online file backup
I already have most of what I enumerated above:
- My own personal email address is provided for free by GMail
- Push emal? Well, not actually “push” but I have an IMAP connection with GMail for free.
- Calendar synchronization is now possible using a free iPhone app called Nemusync.
- Do I really need an online picture gallery? But if I do, I can use my free picasaweb account for it.
- I also have a blogger account (and a few other free accounts on other providers) for hosting stuff I want published online.
- My file backups are being taken cared of by my trusty flashdrives, DVD-R’s and external hard drive.
Hmmm… When I started to write this post, I almost convinced myself to get a MobileMe account but now that I thought about it, maybe I’ll pass… FOR NOW.