Making a Smooth Move from .Mac to Google
Subject:   Sticking with .Mac for now
Date:   2006-11-03 08:39:51
From:   simdude

I've also thought about switching but for me, Google just won't work yet. Here's why I think .Mac is a better choice (for me):

IMAP Mail. This is a big one. To be able to have the same mailboxes on my desktop and web is huge. I often use a laptop and sometimes don't have internet access. I like having all the same mail in both places. I keep software registrations etc. in my mail too so setting up a new machine is easier. Then, when I'm back on the net, everything is synced. <\p>

Better Syncing. It seems the article contends you don't need syncing with everything on the web. Well, again, true if you have an internet connection. But that can go out. Plus, I want a sync with my Treo 650 and iPod. All this works flawlessly with .Mac and Missing Sync.<\p>

Email aliases. You can have up to five active at once and all come to the same inbox. Getting too much spam? turn one off or make a new one. As a side note, .Mac DOES have server-side spam filtering. I find it works about as well as yahoo's but not as good as Googles. here a link to the Apple doc:

Anyway, for me .Mac is the best choice right now. I think there should be a better price point for renewing or a lower price point for .Mac iLife combos (actually, there's a $20 discount for iLife now, but that's for 06. A little late guys.<\p>

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  • re: Sticking with .Mac for now
    2006-11-03 10:18:06  joeyxxx [View]

    I'm also sticking with .mac for now since I'm very dependent on automatic keychain, address book and yojimbo syncing and I haven't found an alternative sync service out there.
  • Matthew Russell photo Sticking with .Mac for now
    2006-11-03 09:05:29  Matthew Russell | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

    I can't help but notice that the link about .Mac doing server side spam filtering was last updated in 2004. I've received an awful lot of spam since then, and am sure that the tactics of the spammers have changed significantly since then.

    At this point, Apple's server side spam filtering is so pathetic that they'd be better off just saying that they don't do it as an effort to at least save face in that arena.

    Again, I'm passionate about this, because it along with the inability to edit my calendars on the web were two factors that drove me out...
    • Sticking with .Mac for now
      2006-11-03 10:08:56  simdude [View]

      It's possible .Macs filtering was ok for me because I only gave out my email to friends and never received a spam message for almost 4 years. Only in the last couple months have I started to get them. Of course, once your address is out there, there's not stopping it so spam could become a big problem for me this year. I rarely see spam make it into my gmail box. I agree with the Calendering. While google lets you import is there any way to keep Apple's iCal or Apple's Address book always in sync with google? This would solve my Treo syncing problem and I could use this years .Mac subscription to start a transition.