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Got .Mac?

My backup client from Mozy is used to backup my current iMac and Windows/weather machine at home and it costs me $9.90/month for two hosts. While it runs fabulously for Windows, they're Mac client is still buggy and prone to some problems (let alone the 200MB/day memory leak--grrr). While it's working for the most part, I was curious about more of the options for using .Mac. I don't think I would use things like web pages and photo sharing (already have my own web site and already use fickr extensively). Some of the syncing and backup options look very cool and certainly more robust that Mozy for backups alone.

For my Mac friends, if you are using .Mac, how do you like the service? Are you using all of the services of .Mac, or just a few? Worth the money?

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sibertater
Jan. 13th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
I love the .Mac service and I will tell you all about it. If you'd like I can share my screen with you and you can see how easy it is to build a quick website. You can still FTP a "quick" website from iWeb to whatever, however you normally do it. I use it extensively, because I can do it in about 3 minutes...no shit.

It is seriously easy. The backup (iDisk) is amazing and it's accessible from anywhere on any computer for any reason. I <3 it, too.

I also love that my email address NEVER changes and I believe that we have about 20 GB for cheap, in my opinion and reliable.
geometrician
Jan. 13th, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC)
I heart dotMac. In addition to my main email, it gives me several aliases that I can change at will. I use the online disk storage to backup all my research stuff. Plenty of space comes with, and I can buy more if I want it. I'm not using a lot of the features (like web pages), but I mean to someday. And it is amazingly reliable. In the several years I have been using it, the email has been down maybe twice, for just a few minutes.
bear_left
Jan. 13th, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
I haven't tried .Mac, though I've been tempted. That said, I'm not sure what I'd be paying for. Like you, I have flickr, & I have a far larger external HD than the 10GB you get for this (as, I'm guessing, do you &/or many other friends). So what makes .Mac worth it? (I say that, still entranced by the Mac pitch, but trying to think rationally & cost-effectively)
snowboardjoe
Jan. 13th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
I so have an external hard drive to work with Time Machine. That serves as a backup source for all of my files. I went with Mozy years ago to backup files off-site and that's a key feature I like to have (and many others should consider). Sure, I have the external drive, but if I lose everything (home fires, lightning strike zaps all computer equipment, computer and drive stolen, etc.) then I have nothing (no financial records, no photos, no critical documents, the list goes on). I don't backup everything to off-site, but just major stuff that I would need or were not replaceable.

Then there are other features I want that I mentioned before. Overall, I think that's worth $8/month to have. I did want to verify it was reliable and get other feedback and it looks god so far.
bear_left
Jan. 13th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
I've thought about having off-site storage-- or just keeping my HD at work. But that's not super-convenient, I admit. I'll research this more.
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