.Mac? Love it or hate it?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by flyfish29, Apr 1, 2004.

  1. flyfish29 macrumors 68020

    flyfish29

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    #1
    I was wondering what other's experiences were with .Mac now that it seems much more reliable?

    If you love it list your top 3 favorite things about .Mac.

    I happen to love .Mac as it has become extremely reliable and is the only email account I use. Everything about it from Backup to iSyncing bookmarks to homepages with my iPhotos now seems to work. When I first started last fall there was a couple of months where I had issues with homepage and iPhoto, but that has all been fixed.

    My top three are:

    Backup!
    Home Page!
    very reliable email


    runner up:iSyncing my bookmarks so I can use them on any computer!
     
  2. 5300cs macrumors 68000

    5300cs

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    1. .Mac Mail: it's super-reliable and I never get any spam :) It also integrates perfectly with Mail
    2. Homepage: I can put all my photos up without hastle (well, there's the 48 images limit, that's kinda annoying...)
    3. iSync: for the same reason as you stated, the same bookmarks on all my machines.
     
  3. Moxiemike macrumors 68020

    Moxiemike

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    #3
    1. Backup
    2. Backup
    3. Backup

    It's the first backup software i've used, and while I don't use it with .Mac, I wouldn't be using it if I didn't have .Mac.

    That said,

    2. iSync (when you have a bluetooth phone, iPod and laptop, a photography company, design company and a very active band... is when you realize how great iSync is!)
    3. iCal hosting for similar reasons above, used in conjuntion with iSync
     
  4. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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    I'm just like you as far as what I like about .Mac:
    1. Backup
    2. iSync (.Mac sync)
    3. iCal publishing on .Mac
     
  5. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

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    1. iSync -- very handy for keeping calendars, contacts and bookmarks synchronized.
    2. Public folder -- easy way to make files available for web downloads
    3. Web calendars -- in addition to my personal calendars, I use it to publish the calendar of a service club I belong to.

    Now, the e-mail service, that's a big complaint for me. The mail servers seem to go offline for some part of nearly every day. They're unavailable right now as a matter of fact.
     
  6. flyfish29 thread starter macrumors 68020

    flyfish29

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    Wow, this is very interesting. I am a stay at home dad and therefore send, check and receive email almost every 30 minutes and I have not had any issues with the server being down. Do you get an error message when this happens?

    I have had a handful of times(six in six months) where I suspect there is a problem and I keep getting an error saying I need to correctly enter my password in, etc. but I just give it 20 minutes and it seems to correct itself.

    Can you tell us more about what happens with you and your email/server?
     
  7. varmit macrumors 68000

    varmit

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    Me

    1) iSync
    2) iDisk (and its syncing abilities)
    3) email

    iSync and iDisk helps me keep my iBook and PowerMac on the same page. Email I don't use much since I have an account here that school, but I get some personal stuff though it. Homepage I haven't used to much, I have an account again at school with 100MB just for a website. Since my iDisk holds my website and documents, I'll keep my site where it is at so I can use the large space just that. I don't need to do a back up since everything is shared back and forth between the two Macs via iDisk and iSync.
     
  8. Phatpat macrumors 6502a

    Phatpat

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    iDisk
    email
    iSync
    other occasionally useful features

    .mac rocks, unfortunately price-wise it just can't compare with other alternatives. It's simple, and makes things quite easy, I guess you're paying for that.

    I've been a happy .Mac member for 1.5 years. No idea if I will renew when the time comes.
     
  9. CrackedButter macrumors 68040

    CrackedButter

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    Backup works as advertised and since the emac is on 24/7 it backs up everything every 24 hours when i go to bed. The next best thing is iphoto and for uploading photos, it takes a mere 3 clicks and its done! Even my friends are impressed by it! After that is whatever i use, but both of those 2 examples i listed are worth the yearly asking price.
     
  10. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020

    Horrortaxi

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    #10
    iDisk
    iSync
    public folder (I'd say Backup but I haven't found it completely reliable)
     
  11. Savage Henry macrumors 65816

    Savage Henry

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    #11
    iSync
    email
    Backup

    (Do I win a prize for a new permutation?) ;
     
  12. wordmunger macrumors 603

    wordmunger

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    iDisk.

    That's about it. All the other things I could get other ways, but the convenience of iDisk with automatic background syncing keeps me signed up. I get email through my ISP, I have Web space from my ISP, and the e-mail through my ISP is better than .mac because I can use my own .com address. (Yes, I know I could forward my .com e-mail to my .mac account, but then when I reply to those messages the reply-to address is different. Very unprofessional.)
     
  13. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

    Le Big Mac

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    Can't you change the "reply to" address? I send email through my isp, but it appears to "come" from my permanent email address I get through my college (which forwards only). But that's using entourage, not mail.
     

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