Spymac turns 4

Discussion in 'MacBytes.com News Discussion' started by MacBytes, Jan 18, 2006.

  1. macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. macrumors 6502a


    May 28, 2002
    Bay Area, CA
    MacBytes needs an "OK, this is lame" button like digg.com.
  3. macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
    I need to verify with my cell number, paypal of $1 or sign up on their membership service that'll give me 3GB? Which one should I go with?
  4. Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
  5. macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
    I went with cell phone verification and I'm supposed to be receiving an SMS message with the verification code but none coming. Nothing yet for the last 10 minutes. I am hardly surprised. Seems like nothing works on their site. I can't believe I fell for them again.
    Here's to the Crazy Ones [​IMG]
  6. macrumors regular

    Jan 1, 2006
    I briefly switched to Spymac web hosting last year and it was the worst experience of my web-life. They switched my domain register even though I never gave them or my register permission to, my site experienced a lot of down times randomly, their e-mail servers constantly rejected my password, and I could not send e-mails to any of my customers that had aol e-mail address, because Spymac's servers were on aol's black list for spamming.
  7. macrumors 6502

    Aug 28, 2003
    I really am not into the whole "bash other related sites" thing but.......

    Spymac is almost embarrassingly bad. They are so amateurish, yet try so hard to come off as a professional high profile site. Man that place is unbelievably campy and corny. Not to mention half the site doesn't even work. It's as if the creator of the site got so stoned one day, he actually convinced himself he could turn his kiddie hang out into a revenue source that would make him rich.
  8. Administrator emeritus


    Jun 28, 2002
    North Central Colorado
    for some reason, the tone of this discussion doesn't suprise me. :)

    I've not liked spymac for a long time, but in the early days of online mac rumoring, they pumped out a few all-time hits, like the iWalk, etc.

    Moral of this story... just because it's old (in dog years), doesn't mean it's worth looking at.
  9. macrumors 68020


    Nov 8, 2003
    New Zealand
    Initally I thought Spymac related to security monitoring software...:rolleyes: Doh!
  10. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    SpyMac has created some really cool Web software that does some neat things, in original (as far as I can tell) ways. And if it runs on OS X servers (I don't know) then all the cooler! And they FINALLY toned back on having to have every image on the site be a picture of people smoking (that was weird). So I wish them well.

    But their free services have never been reliable for me, so I'd never upgrade to their paid services.

    I mainly use their free email. It does the job, but it's down for some part of nearly every day. A half hour here, a half hour there. You can't count on it, and it's been like that for years. Plus they were auto-blocking password reminders from other forum systems (an accident of bad spam filtering I guess) which left me locked out of some forums I used to participate in, like DescentBB.net :( (When their email is unavailable, at least messages are store and I get them later. But I never got those required forum confirmations.)

    I hope they improve, though. They do seem to have a large Mac community going.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2003
    Lost in Boston
    yeah, just wow

    Well, I signed up for spymac before they sucked. Then google dropped their massive gmail bomb, and spymac decided to keep up. They have since turned into some of the worst service I've seen online ever. I can recall BBS's that were more reliable via modem in a lightening storm than spymac has been. The worst part isn't their service though, it's the attitude they take towards people that rightfully complain about it. To call them amateur would be an insult to everyone that's undertaken something new. Spymac is not made up of amateurs, it's made up of ignorant jerks. Email server going down? Why bother letting anyone know? At Macworld 04 they had one of the largest booths in the place, looked very expensive, but completely at random I can't access my email account.

    I set up my free account there years ago to give hardware and software advice, but now it's not a mac community, it's like listening to all the conversations going on at once in a high school cafeteria. I almost switched to their hosting and pay service, literally the week they forced a borked upgrade on every user, and that made me change my mind. It's good to see I made the correct choice.
  12. macrumors regular

    Nov 27, 2003
    So that were the "early days", eh? :rolleyes: ;)
    Otherwise you're right, at least they used to have funny/interesting fake rumors for a while. One day I returned to find they somehow started to take themselves seriously with all the webservice stuff and whatnot while corny teens called each other gay in the comments section. I was still chuckling as I deleted my bookmark.
  13. macrumors newbie


    Jul 18, 2005
    Southern Maine

    I and the rest of my class joined spymac in 03 19 2004. I wouldnt say that spymac moderators are bad, and ive never had a big problem with there service. its the community on their site they have really bad attitudes! most of them just hateful and sometimes ill get a threat! If you have a picture or song that you would like to have commented on, but you don't have any friends on their website your better of slapping yourself and saving yourself some embarrassment. all in all its not the site that sucks its the people on it who think their Mac geniuses, and claim to have a very artistic eye. i guess thats why I'm here on macrumors now.
  14. macrumors 65816


    Dec 9, 2003
    I've been a long-time Spymac user (over three years) but I mainly just use their Gallery section -- which really is awesome. I have to admit though, when i want to talk about straight-up Apple stuff, you can't beat MR.

  15. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 24, 2002
    Greenville SC
    Actually, Spymac moderators troll the web looking for comment threads that bash the site ... they will make their way here soon.

    Spymac has always been a joke ... and often a liar ... not just iWalk, but claiming to be an official online Mac User Group. You can't be so and publish rumors (which they still do on occasion).

    One of their first column writers/contributors was Jack Campbell.

    macrumors thread about Jack Campbell at Spymac
  16. macrumors regular

    May 6, 2003
    Of course they don't! Easy to check:

    I've been a member there for several years and thought initially it was a pretty cool site with a lot of potential. I even signed up for their paid hosting.

    How wrong I was! It was one of the worst mistakes I ever made. They boasted "Redundancy is built into Spymac's server cluster, allowing for fast, reliable services with virtually no down time" on their site, but they did not even keep the meager 99.5% uptime guarantee in their own TOS (which would still mean your site is down more than 7 mins every day). My site has been down frequently from a few minutes to several hours. Imagine you're hosting a business with them!

    Worse, email turned out to be extremely unreliable too. They made a big splash trying to beat Google to the first 1GB email service, but what a farce this was! Because I was a paying member, I could access my account through IMAP, which means all mail is stored on the server. Until the day when they decided to loose irretrievably all mails I had filed in folders (obviously the most important ones) during one of their "upgrades". Finally, last Sep during their pompously announced but ultimately catastrophic introduction of "Spymac 4" they lost my email again, but this time simply ALL mail. Backup? What is that?

    And don't even get me started about mail servers not working, the ugliest webmail interface on the planet and Spymac becoming a heaven for spammers. Yes, several times they've been blacklisted by Spamhaus.org and SpamCop.net for spam coming from their network, which means emails you sent from Spymac never made it through.

    Because of their GB email stunt, the website drowned with people who hadn't even heard of Macs and the community went down the drain. How about this for example: "Mac mean apple computer?!" (see 3rd post)

    And now, in the article linked here, they boast "the world's largest Macintosh community, Spymac is approaching 1,000,000 members ..." Riiiiight. Their member ID numbers may approach 1 mil, but that's counting all ppl who ever signed up with them, including hordes of Windows users who came for the free 1 GB email, and turned away in disgust when it didn't work. It also includes many longtime members like me, who bitterly disappointed left Spymac behind for better hangouts (like MR :) ). To imply they have a current Mac community of a million is just utterly deceptive.

    Spymac turns 4? Shrug!
  17. macrumors regular

    May 21, 2003
    deleted that site from my bookmarks a year or two ago.
  18. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2004
    Boom. You hit the nail on the head. Thanks for saving me 15 minutes or so posting almost exactly the same issues. :)

    There was a time where Spymac was almost the only site I visited, but now it's a once a month thing at most.
  19. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 27, 2003

    Its really dissappointing, because I used to think the site had a lot of potential... Goes to show you that good looks dont count for much...
  20. macrumors regular


    Nov 4, 2004
    Chi town
    I remember visiting the site often and then finally registering with the tease of seeing the super secret iWalk video. It use to be a great site lots of people posting mockups of apple hardware and desktop snaps. I frequented the forums for advice on software and design and then would gab about the rumors that flew around. Then everything changed and they lost focus on what they were trying to do and the result is the crappy ad ridden mess of services and site they have now. I actually was laughing out load on a daily basis with the September roll out of the great Spymac 4! What is it 1/19/06 and they still haven't finished hte roll out. Gimme a break.
  21. macrumors 604


    Apr 21, 2003
    I get the impression from the forums that the SpyMac crowd is a load of teenagers...

    .. no thanks!
  22. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 19, 2004
    I used to be a member of Spymac back in the day, before they decided to become the hideous sluggish strange mess they are now. It was actually the only Mac forum I was a member of.

    But no more! Spymac is dead. It died long ago. There are still some decent members around but they're lost in a giant blob of hateful and immature dolts and people from foreign lands only there to ask questions about all the free services. I love how they flaunt the fact that they have 1,000,000 members but regret to inform you that 99% of them don't care about Macs and just want free e-mail.

    MacRumors > Spymac

    'Nuff said.
  23. macrumors 68000


    May 24, 2002
    'Toba, Canada
    Looks like there's a huge revolt on Spymac right now, the administration makes silly promises all the time and ends up breaking them, right now people are fuming over the "Free 1GB email", they were told they would et "Free pop access with it for life" and now they're taking it away from non-paying members.. and you have to verify in order to even use THAT

    Won't be surprised if the site ends up shutting down, they overhype their 'products' too much, heck Spymac 2 is heck alot better than Spymac now
  24. scu
    macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2005
    I used to read then when they were in the rumor business. They were correct one time about 3 years ago. Now they are just full of kids.
  25. macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2004

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