Just before the .Mac to MobileMe conversion I received an e-mail that my .Mac account was up for renewal in August. I’ve already gone in and set it to not renew. MobileMe still doesn’t work reliably for me on either of my Macs. Apples inability to service existing customers during the planned conversion has soured me on the service. .Mac had been going well and if it wasn’t for the MobileMe fiasco I probably would have renewed as the path of least resistance. Instead it’s time to make sure I have replacements for everything I use on .Mac (now MobileMe).
I use iDisk to share files between my Macs and provide an adhoc backup. I have iDisk set to sync to the local hard drive. My disk usage is currently 1.7GB. SugarSync seems like a good replacement and works the same way I use iDisk but has added features. I just signed up for the 45 day trial. A 10GB plan which would handle my past iDisk usage is $2.50/mth ($25/yr). There are higher priced plans of course.
I use Yojimbo as an information manager and use .Mac to sync the data between my PCs. Even before the MobileMe fiasco I was looking at Evernote as a replacement for Yojimbo. For me, it’s proving to be a good replacement for Yojimbo with the added benefit of multi-platform support and web access. There’s a free version but I just went ahead and upgraded to the premium plan so with or without MobileMe Yojimbo was heading for retirement.
The lack of keychain syncing will also be a loss to me because I use 1Password to manage passwords and it uses keychain syncing to keep things in sync across my Macs. While I could copy the 1Password keychain file between Macs (or place it in a shared location) this wouldn’t be ideal since both Macs may have 1Password open at the sme time. So I figure I’ll lose 1Password sync.
I have a couple other apps that use .Mac to sync – TextExpander and Transmit. TextExpander is a typing shortcut utility and the lack of syncing will be a minor annoyance but not so much I’d look for an alternative. Transmit is FTP client and the syncing is used to sync favorites, not something I’ll miss.
I like the Safari bookmarks syncing and Safari was my Mac browser of choice until Firefox 3 came out. Now Firefox 3 is my default browser so the lack of Safari bookmark syncing isn’t a problem.
Calendar sync is nice but I mostly use the calendar on my iMac anyway. Same with the address book. I do like syncing preferences although there have been times that’s been a problem. I’ll just have to get used to having to configure apps on each mac again.
I don’t use Mail, .Mac Websites or the .Mac galleries so there’s no need for me to find replacements for those.
While I still have time (27 days) to change my mind, today I abandon MobileMe and spend my time getting it’s replacements going rather than continuing to fight with the service.