I want to believe … in MobileMe

Dear Uncle Steve

Like half of Mac-dom I was keenly following each and every update posted on the Web during the recent WWDC. I even downloaded the video of your Stevenote just in case the coverage I watched missed something important. I drank deeply of the KoolAid that night and was determined to wait my turn for an iPhone 3G, until a day or two later when your narcotic wore off.

MobileMe.pngLast night I decided to try another of the seemingly fabulous items you announced: MobileMe. At least I decided to try out that 60 free trial of .Mac which, according to all reports, will soon be reborn into MobileMe.

Signing up was really easy and, at first, there was quite a thrill as I starting to plug all my applications into .Mac and watched everything sync with everything else in the background. I even got myself another email address (not quite the one I wanted but one that works). It was fun and I was starting to see how I could share my calendars with my wife so easily and how I could just do all this cool connected stuff that has probably been possible all along using other services but which just didn’t share the Mac karma like .Mac does and like MobileMe will.

Heck, I even got my wife to roll her eyes and that is the single biggest indicator that I am deep in Macland without a GPS.

As before with the iPhone I spent a little more time looking at what other people think about MobileMe on its own and compared to other solutions like Google’s basket of goodies and it turned out that all was not golden or delicious in the land of .Mac (soon to be MobileMe). Sure there is some cool stuff like automatically pushing updates to all my devices (at the moment I only really have one – my MacBook) but I can access IMAP mail already using Gmail. I have Google Calendar too which theoretically syncs well with my Mac using Spanning Sync (ok, the less I say about my Spanning Sync experiences the better) and Plaxo itself. You even made it possible for me to sync my Mac address book with Yahoo! and Gmail straight out of Address Book.

The fact that there are other services out there which do similar things isn’t the end of the story for me. .Mac does it all so much better and I am sure MobileMe will be even better than .Mac. What is a bit of a show-stopper is the $99 price tag for a single user (compared to that the $149 price tag for the family account isn’t too bad, but still). Granted that works out to less than $10 a month, it still costs more than I pay Plaxo for my premium subscription and what I dropped on Spanning Sync a couple months ago for this year’s subscription. I don’t know why you do this to me Uncle Steve. That is a lot of cash to spend on a service that is so similar to the free options and double the cost of a paid service that does almost the same thing. And it isn’t like the deal is that good to justify such a price. Sure 20GB is a lot of space for mail and files but I pay a lot less than $99 for a lot more storage space on Amazon’s S3 service and I get a 6GB mailbox (and counting) on Gmail. So what’s the big deal with MobileMe? The cool interface and built in connectivity with my Mac? Sure that is in your favour but the price tag just doesn’t cut the mustard or do whatever it should do to make sense to me.

Of course I could be missing something and I’ll be using the rest of my trial to figure that out. I don’t think I am missing anything though. I just think you are being a little unreasonable here.

Your loyal, yet slowly fading fan,

Paul


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Paul

Enthusiast, writer, strategist, web developer, and photographer. Passionate about my wife, Gina and #proudDad.

9 Comments

  1. Paul-

    I’m sorry to hear your experience with Spanning Sync hasn’t met your expectations, and I want to find and fix whatever problem you’ve encountered. I don’t see any support emails from you, so please get in touch with me directly at charlie.wood@spanningsync.com.

    Thanks,
    Charlie
    Spanning Sync

  2. Paul-

    I’m sorry to hear your experience with Spanning Sync hasn’t met your expectations, and I want to find and fix whatever problem you’ve encountered. I don’t see any support emails from you, so please get in touch with me directly at charlie.wood@spanningsync.com.

    Thanks,
    Charlie
    Spanning Sync

  3. Paul-

    I’m sorry to hear your experience with Spanning Sync hasn’t met your expectations, and I want to find and fix whatever problem you’ve encountered. I don’t see any support emails from you, so please get in touch with me directly at charlie.wood@spanningsync.com.

    Thanks,
    Charlie
    Spanning Sync

  4. Paul-

    I'm sorry to hear your experience with Spanning Sync hasn't met your expectations, and I want to find and fix whatever problem you've encountered. I don't see any support emails from you, so please get in touch with me directly at charlie.wood@spanningsync.com.

    Thanks,
    Charlie
    Spanning Sync

  5. The sad truth is that this action will achieve not one single long term benefit for anyone. It merely perpetuates a desperate cycle of destruction, death and disgust.

    I don't buy ANY of the justifications given by supporters of either side as they don't go deep enough, in fact I am sure most, like me, don't even know the root causes. We attacked because, they did this, because we did, because they did ad infinitum is a not good enough.

    In possibly a very selfish way I feel like a victim. I feel like a victim because of my position in relation to my friends, Paul and Saul but equally Faizel and Jamal and maybe that's how the world feels.

    Come on guys cant we get our s… together and find a way, a Gandhian way of solving this?

    The people of the world are the real victims. I pray for some wisdom.

  6. I received this by email many years ago and when I came across it this morning I thought it may be worth posting here…

    WHY IS IT DIFFICULT FOR ALL OTHER NATIONS OF THE WORLD TO LIVE WITH THE PRESENCE OF THE JEWS ?

    Indeed it is difficult for all other nations of the world to live in the presence of the Jews. It is irritating and most uncomfortable. The Jews embarrass the world as they have done things which are beyond the imaginable. They have become moral strangers since the day their forefather Abraham introduced the world to high ethical standards and to the fear of Heaven. They brought the world the Ten Commandments which many nations prefer to defy. They violated the rules of history by staying alive, totally at odds with common sense and historical evidence. They outlived all their former enemies, including vast empires such as the Romans and the Greeks.

    They angered the world with their return to their homeland after 2000 years of exile and after the murder of six million of their brothers and sisters.

    They aggravated mankind by building, in the wink of an eye, a democratic State which others were not able to create in even hundreds of years.

    They built living monuments such as the duty to be holy and the privilege to serve one's fellow men. They had their hands in every human progressive endeavor, whether in science, medicine, psychology or any other discipline, while totally out of proportion to their actual numbers. They gave the world the Bible and even their “savior”.

    Jews taught the world not to accept the world as it is but to transform it, yet only a few nations wanted to listen. Moreover, the Jews introduced the world to one God, yet only a minority wanted to draw the moral consequences. So the nations of the world realize that they would have been lost without the Jews. And while their subconscious tries to remind them of how much of Western civilization is framed in terms of concepts first articulated by the Jews, they do anything to suppress it.

    They deny that Jews remind them of a higher purpose of life and the need to be honorable, and do anything to escape its consequences. It is simply too much to handle for them, too embarrassing to admit, and above all too difficult to live by.

    So the nations of the world decided once again to go out of it way in order to find a stick to hit the Jews.

    The goal: to prove that Jews are as immoral and guilty of massacre and genocide as some of they themselves are. All this in order to hide and justify their own failure to even protest when six million Jews were brought to the slaughterhouses of Auschwitz and Dachau; so as to wipe out the moral conscience of which the Jews remind them And they found a stick.

    Nothing could be more gratifying for them than to find the Jews into a struggle with another people (who are completely terrorized by their own leaders) against whom the Jews, against their best wishes, have to defend themselves in order to survive. With great satisfaction, the world allows and initiates the rewriting of history so as to fuel the rage of yet another people against the Jews. This in spite of the fact that the nations understand very well that peace between the parties could have come a long time ago, if only the Jews would have had a fair chance.

    Instead, they happily jumped on the wagon of hate so as to justify their jealousy of the Jews and their incompetence to deal with their own moral issues. When Jews look at the bizarre play, taking place in The Hague, they can only smile as this artificial game once more proves how the world paradoxically admits the Jews uniqueness. It is in their need to undermine the Jews that they actually raise them.

    “The study of history of Europe during the past centuries teaches us one uniform lesson: That the nations which received and in any way dealt fairly and mercifully with the Jew have prospered; and that the nations that have tortured and oppressed them have written out their own curse.”

    Olive Schreiner

  7. What Alan posted is very powerful and I would like to know who wrote it. Unfortunately, Olive Schreiner died in 1920, so she wouldn't have know about The Hague world court, or Dachau and Auschwitz, and so couldn't be the author.

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