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Sunday, March 12, 2006

.Mac Alternatives

For many Mac users decide on .Mac service doesn’t need a second thought given the fact that multitude of features it offers. However there are others who may think $99/Year price tag is bit too much for what they get out of it. I have tried to find out some alternatives offered by third party venders either for no cost or for comparatively low price.

Free Alternatives
gDisk is a software that turns your GMail account into a portable hard drive so you can always have your important files accessible across the Internet. To use this software you need a Mac with Mac OSX 10.3 or above and a GMail account. You can download the latest version of gDisk from here.

iBackup is a simple to use backup/restore utility for scheduled backups of files, folders, applications and your system preferences like the dock, deskop picture, time settings, firewall, bluetooth and system applications like AddressBook, Mail, Stickies, iChat, iTunes and more. You can edit these preferences settings and add your own.It is is 100% FREE, which means it is a freeware product (both for personal and commercial use) that does not contain any form of malware, including but not limited to: spyware, viruses, trojans and backdoors.

Commercial Products

Spymac is a fast-growing online service, offering both free memberships and premium (Club) memberships. With nearly one million members, they are one of the largest Mac sites online, with a team of about 25 spread throughout the US, Germany and Canada. Spymac lets all of its members email, blog, socialize and network, share pictures and other files and chat in real time around the world and around the clock. Spymac's premium online service, Club, includes a powerful collection of applications that combine the magic of Spymac with the power of Mac OS X. With Club, you can manage and write in your blog from your desktop, upload photos to the Web directly from iPhoto, share files right from your desktop, show others your iTunes music and much more! Spymac and Spymac Club work with both Windows and Mac operating systems. However, some features of Club -- such as the desktop software -- is currently only available for the Macintosh. Comparison of free and premium membership can be found here.

The following services are also sound interesting and in my opinion they are some of the closest competitors to .Mac. Unfortunately their market segment is German-speakers.



I will try to find out more of similar services in the coming days. Let me know if you have better suggestions.


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