MobileMe Expires

Today I received an e-mail telling me my MobileMe subscription finally expired. No more extensions, no more apologies. After my MobileMe troubles I’d already moved off of it so when the expiration e-mail came it was no big deal. I’d already turned off everything MobileMe related so I didn’t even have to clean up. I also couldn’t tell you if MobileMe still has problems since I gave up trying to get it to work long ago.

While I didn’t use every piece of MobileMe here’s what I use now to replace the parts of MobileMe I did use.

Foxmarks is a Firefox add-in that syncs bookmarks between computers (Mac and PC) and also makes them accessible via the web. Technically it doesn’t replace Safari bookmark syncing but when Firefox 3 came out I moved off of Safari.

Dropbox is my replacement for iDisk. There’s 2GB of disk space with the free account which is considerably less than iDisk but enough for me. As a bonus it’s also cross-platform (Mac/Windows/Linux) and there’s web access to the files. There’s a lot of other choices in this category and I used Amazon S3 via Jungle Disk, Microsoft Mesh and Microsoft Foldershare. The Jungle Disk/Amazon S3 combination is the most secure as I can add my own encryption key. It’s also the only choice without a free option. Microsoft’s Mesh and Live Folders support both Windows and Macs. Mesh is still a tech preview and too buggy for my tastes, but an intriguing service I’ll keep revisiting. If Mesh and Foldershare weren’t enough from Microsoft they also have Skydrive if you need more free space, although it doesn’t have a desktop client. Dropbox just seemed to be the one that fit into my workflow better than the others.

Evernote has replaced Yojimbo as my information manager. Yojimbo didn’t require MobileMe but used it (actually .Mac – I never got MobileMe working with it) to sync data between Macs. Like the previous replacements Evernote is cross-platform and has a web component. While it doesn’t support encryption of the entire entry or database it does allow encryption of specific text within a note. Due to the limited encryption support (it requires me to remember to encrypt what I want encrypted) and web component I don’t use it for everything I had kept in Yojimbo (like passwords and bank account information) but it’s also easier to add clippings to Evernote.

1Password replaces Yojimbo for the password and financial information. It’s Mac only but there’s is a web interface in beta. It integrates well with Safari and Firefox which makes life easy. The data file is encrypted and synced between Macs using Dropbox. (Earlier version did require .Mac for syncing since it used a OS X keychain file) The web component makes me uncomfortable so I haven’t synced to the web. The downside is that it’s a $40 app.

Those changes covered everything I used MobileMe for. I didn’t use the other features so I’m happy. Of course, I already left .Mac once and went back so I’m not saying I’ll never go back.

2 thoughts on “MobileMe Expires”

  1. I just got off MobileMe also. I wanted to use Amazon S3 I'm no rocket scientist, so I just wanted something easy to use with certain features I was after. I finally settled on smestorage.com. I get to use Amazon S3 and also get a nice rich web interface, a windows explorer, integration with MS Office and Open Office and it works on my iPhone, so I'm happy (and its cheap….)

  2. I find MobileMe very valuable and have been a subscriber since 2001. I won't deny that the service has its issues and is always a little slower than I would like. But, if you buy your subscription at a discount, it's a good value.

    I think 2001 was the only time I paid full price for .Mac/MobileMe. Every year since I have found a way to get a subscription for a discounted price. This summer I bought 2 year's worth on Amazon for $55 each. Last year I got 1 year on ebay for $62 with shipping.

    Since this works out to about $5 a month, I definitely feel I am getting my money's worth. The syncing of ical, address book and yojimbo between all my macs is essential to making my life easier. So, if only for that, I will pay $5/month.

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