Mobile Me

I have had a .Mac/Mobile Me account since early…I don’t use all of the features (Busy, ok?), but it has saved my ass a couple of times. (On a “raw” machine, I was able to get out to .Mac, get my Yojimbo license key, then download and install the app itself. Then I sync the empty database with the version synched to .Mac. Now I had lots of useful things, including the license keys to my other mainstay tools, like the OmniGroup’s many fine toys. Useful.

I’m hardly pushing the envelope, but I’m a happy customer. And I haven’t suffered in any significant way during the recent troubles, although friends of mine have had some real pain during all this.

Apple has mostly kept its promises to me. Whenever there’s been a problem, they have made it right, even if I had to complain loudly once or twice. But mostly, when there is a problem, they own up to it, and make an attempt to do the right thing:

We have already made many improvements to MobileMe, but we still have many more to make. To recognize our users’ patience, we are giving every MobileMe subscriber as of today a free 60 day extension. This is in addition to the one month extension most subscribers have already received. We are working very hard to make MobileMe a great service we can all be proud of.
We know that MobileMe’s launch has not been our finest hour, and we truly appreciate your patience as we turn this around. Read this article for more details.

Microsoft, on the other hand, owes me some apologies. Grande, chocolate-covered, multi-apologies, along with some sort of Coupon. (wait for it…)

Bupkis. No chocolate, nothing. Not even a lump of coal.

Apple isn’t perfect, for sure… but I’m only rarely enraged by their behavior, which is nice, karma-wise.


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