Archive for the ‘dot mac’ category

.Mac is Borked

June 2, 2008

.Mac is wrenched beyond belief right now. More specifically, .Mac mail.

Which means iPhone users with .Mac accounts are out in the cold. The discussion board at is all lit up about it. Seems there have been intermittent problems since May 20.

The dashboard says 100% will experience latency with IMAP and we should use Webmail. Well, to the fine people manning THAT dashboard… Bad advice. That’s borked too.

[EDIT: Well at least now the dashboard reflects things are REALLY borked. I’d like to recommend people who are experiencing problems and find it as unacceptable as I do… to use this form to register your feedback.]

TurboTax & Mac. Love it!

March 20, 2008

TurboTax¬†Deluxe Even if I had owed taxes this year, which I’d actually rather be facing as I don’t like loaning The Man money for free, I’d still be loving TurboTax. FYI, I bought the software, it wasn’t donated to the blog for eval. I’m crowing about this software because it is SO good at walking you through the ins and outs of US and state tax minutiae. We had a pretty straight forward filing this year. Only difference was my personal investing in my startup, Grocio.

What really wowed me and this is new for 2007 is the integration with .Mac. It asked me if I wanted to backup to my .Mac account. Clicked “yes” and by golly if it didn’t do exactly that. Hell of a deal! Oh, and one more thing, electronic filing and email follow ups on status of the filing were simple, straight forward and very appreciated.

Can’t recommend it enough. If you haven’t bought your copy of TurboTax Deluxe or Premier… You have a little time left.

Back to My Mac – Cool

January 14, 2008

There are times when I do a stupid (OK, there are LOTS of times) and I need to either access my Mac or network resources back at the office. I’m not much for VPN access. Don’t ask. It’s just not for me.

But, I’ve had a dot Mac account since a long time ago and the Back to My Mac feature of .Mac may be the number two reason I keep it minus any further goodies from Apple (the public drive being number one). Yes, I have ARD3 installed on all the Mac servers. I’ve never had a good reason to use it to take control of my laptop at work though. So, I just tested Back to My Mac on the local network (two Leopard machines obviously) and I love it. WAY better than ARD3. Very fluid. Very crisp experience.

The real test is going to be accessing it from outside the network tonight from home. Will file an entry later tonight on that.

[EDIT: And that connect from home thing was a mess. Never did get it working. Not sure why. But, not typical of an “it just works like magic” Apple experience. Yuck.]

iPredict iChat For Windows

January 7, 2008

It’s going to happen: iChat for Windows will be announced at Macworld Expo next week.

There’s just too much going on in that one app to remain bottled up for OSX alone. You wait and see. Next week. iChat for Windows. Oh, and one more thing (more…)

.Mac Mail’s Gone Wacky

October 6, 2007

Am not able to login to my dot mac webmail. It’s been acting odd the past week regardless of iPhone, or webmail methods of send/receive. Anyone else having similar problems?

Enabling Your .Mac Gallery…

September 16, 2007

What’s to prevent someone from going into an Apple Store, launching iLife ’08 and enabling their .Mac profile for web gallery publishing?

Dot Mac Weirdness

July 4, 2007

Dot Mac’s doing some odd things last night and this morning.

Seems from the Apple Discussion Forums this has been going on longer than I’ve noticed. I did file a trouble ticket you might want to do the same

I WAS able to login to .mac (although not for extended email use). I clicked on the Address Book tab and THEN logged in, clicked one of the email addresses and saw all my mail. Couldn’t click on a message. But, it’s all there.

On the iPhone all I’m getting is a cannot connect to message. It downloads messages fine. Cannot send though.

[EDIT: Simply purging the cookies from Safari’s cache did the trick for me. Wish I had thought to try Firefox or Camino first… iPhone’s SMTP is still misbehaving.]

Dot Mac-like

October 26, 2006

Well, they’ve gone and versioned the dot Mac mail to look much more like

It’s OK. Not great. Just OK.

I spent the better half of the day watching the WWDC 06 videos and some of the dot Mac stuff could sure benefit from the work the fictitious Baazoogle corporation has rolled into Teams. If I said any more they’ll have me in shackles.

Suffice it to say, I allowed dot Mac to renew to my credit card last week and based on on what I’m seeing in these demos from the WWDC… I might be really happy I did.

.Mac Email Limits

October 23, 2006

Nowhere, anywhere, does it say in the T’s & C’s that I’m limited to sending 400 email messages per day!

There’s no practical limit on how many FRIGGIN SPAM MESSAGES I CAN RECEIVE!! Why throttle my outbound?!

WRONG approach Apple!