The American Caliban (substitute) wrote,
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dot mac: not worth it for me

My .mac membership will renew in 22 days and and I don't think I'll keep it. I don't need the email or the net storage, and the backup was the only thing I really liked. I'd successfully restored my settings more than once after some mishap. But everything else was either redundant for me or just missing. They kept promising all kinds of cool freebies but nothing showed up for about a year. Liars with pants on fire.

Today my daily backup fired off and crashed with the message that my iDisk was full, which is un-possible because I don't put anything there. Attempts to find out what were filling the disk failed; it was so slow that I couldn't even find large files or directory sizes on it without timeouts. Meanwhile the attempt made my entire system grind to a halt; other applications stopped receiving clicks, the screen began to update slowly, the whole overload drill. The logs got spammed up with diskarbitrationd explaining in detail that each application was not responding.

I finally managed to unmount the sonofabitch and ran backup again, and manually removed all my backups. Once again everything ground to a halt, no progress bar, nothing, and I lived by faith as the LORD commands. After about fifteen minutes it suddenly finished and there was all my disk space back.

The backup doesn't clean up after itself and I see no option to fine tune that. I'm not paying annual rent on something less configurable than a product I can buy. Foo on them.

So that's it for dot mac.
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