I React to .Mac
The global-death of free software is actually a good sign for the world economy. It means that people have realized once again that nothing is free, and that you will, as always, get what you pay for. If you used your old iTools account and expected it to stay free, you need a reality check.
It makes sense to pay for the services you use – no matter the industry. You pay the people who pump water into your house, fix your roads, take away your garbage, and bring you phone service. Why shouldn’t you pay for things like web-based email, backup, or anti-virus software if you’d like to make use of them? It’s no surprise that many companies (Net@ddress, XDrive, others) who did give away their services for free have either dissapeared or switched to a fee-based model.
Apple has been making a big deal about signing-up 100,000 subscribers to its .Mac service. This is a big deal. Apple has also lost over 2 million users, who, like your Narrator, were simply leeching the free service, milking it hard as long as it would last. Now is the time for you to make your decision. Keep or dump?
The .Mac Backup utility has already saved the day for me, so much so that it’s worth it for me to subscribe. But I haven’t. Yet. It’s okay, the free ride doesn’t end for another 10 days.
Your Narrator has been doing what he can (with little effect) to help your friend and colleague Todd in restoring What Do I Know to its past glory. Wish Todd lots of luck, keep him in your thoughts, drop a penny in the fountain and repeat his name 4 times while spinning in a circle. It might help, even.