Getting Comfy with MobileMe

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The dust is finally settling around MobileMe. I am still scratching my head over the bungled launch of this product but as the servers seem to be recovering, I’m already incorporating the new features into my daily life. Specifically, the push syncing is fantastic. I generally use a MacBook Air as my daily computer. I have a MacBook Pro at home at my desk for all of the heavy lifting like video, photo editing and the likes. I also sync my iPhone to the MacBook Pro. Before MobileMe, that meant when I made an adjustment to an appointment on my Mac, it did not get on my phone until that night when I synced it at home. Now it pushes right through. I already can’t live without this feature. Here are a couple other tips I’ve discovered:

1. Do Not Become a Lemming to Email Notification

Just because you can push email, doesn’t mean you have to become a Pavlovian dog like some of our Blackberry brethren. I’ve left the “push” on for my email but I refuse to jump every time it pings, vibrates, or otherwise announced new mail. Stopping for every email would make it impossible to get anything done. Be the master of your email, don’t let email master you.

2. BusySync Still fills a Role

BusySync still lets you sync your calendars with your family and co-workers. Likewise it allows you to painlessly publish to Google if needed. I had an interesting chat with George Starcher and Katie Floyd over the weekend where we figured out a work-around for MobileMe’s inability to sync subscribed calendars. Specifically, if you subscribe to the calendar at your Google calendar and then sync it down to your iCal with BusySync, you can get it to push. If anyone knows a way to push the birthday calendar, let me know.

3. All Push is not Created Equal

I’ve noticed that while the email pushes nearly immediately, the calendar and address push is a bit slower. For me it is generally 5-15 minutes. This delay doesn’t bother me at all.

4. About that Web Interface…

I really like the look of the web access portal. It looks and feels like an application. I think the UI is heads and shoulders above Google’s offerings but feature poor. There are a lot of options available in Google calendar that are simply not there on MobileMe. Lets hope they continue to improve stability and add features as things calm down.

20 Comments Getting Comfy with MobileMe

  1. johndchandler@gmail.com

    Having no luck getting iCal to sync. Strange thing is, I know the data is there, because SpanningSync is getting info from the MobileMe cloud somehow and updating my Google calendar. But none of the changes happening are visible in iCal.

    Be calling AppleCare when I have a chance…

    Reply
  2. johndchandler@gmail.com

    Having no luck getting iCal to sync. Strange thing is, I know the data is there, because SpanningSync is getting info from the MobileMe cloud somehow and updating my Google calendar. But none of the changes happening are visible in iCal.

    Be calling AppleCare when I have a chance…

    Reply
  3. johndchandler@gmail.com

    Having no luck getting iCal to sync. Strange thing is, I know the data is there, because SpanningSync is getting info from the MobileMe cloud somehow and updating my Google calendar. But none of the changes happening are visible in iCal.

    Be calling AppleCare when I have a chance…

    Reply
  4. johndchandler@gmail.com

    Having no luck getting iCal to sync. Strange thing is, I know the data is there, because SpanningSync is getting info from the MobileMe cloud somehow and updating my Google calendar. But none of the changes happening are visible in iCal.

    Be calling AppleCare when I have a chance…

    Reply
  5. johndchandler@gmail.com

    Having no luck getting iCal to sync. Strange thing is, I know the data is there, because SpanningSync is getting info from the MobileMe cloud somehow and updating my Google calendar. But none of the changes happening are visible in iCal.

    Be calling AppleCare when I have a chance…

    Reply
  6. anthonyjross@mac.com

    I am having an issue similar to John’s but with Contacts. My .Me web email, calendar, galleries and iDisk are all displaying fine but none of the contacts will display even though they are syncing fine between my iPhone and two Macs. I have tried all the suggestions in Apple’s support note (clearing caches, logging in and out, reseting mobileme data from computer, even trying a different browser, different computer…). As I posted in an earlier comment, I probably never will have a real world occasion to even look at my contacts on the web as my iPhone and/or MBP are nearly always with me but for now I keep feeling compelled to look every day or so to just see if it is working.

    Reply
  7. anthonyjross@mac.com

    I am having an issue similar to John’s but with Contacts. My .Me web email, calendar, galleries and iDisk are all displaying fine but none of the contacts will display even though they are syncing fine between my iPhone and two Macs. I have tried all the suggestions in Apple’s support note (clearing caches, logging in and out, reseting mobileme data from computer, even trying a different browser, different computer…). As I posted in an earlier comment, I probably never will have a real world occasion to even look at my contacts on the web as my iPhone and/or MBP are nearly always with me but for now I keep feeling compelled to look every day or so to just see if it is working.

    Reply
  8. anthonyjross@mac.com

    I am having an issue similar to John’s but with Contacts. My .Me web email, calendar, galleries and iDisk are all displaying fine but none of the contacts will display even though they are syncing fine between my iPhone and two Macs. I have tried all the suggestions in Apple’s support note (clearing caches, logging in and out, reseting mobileme data from computer, even trying a different browser, different computer…). As I posted in an earlier comment, I probably never will have a real world occasion to even look at my contacts on the web as my iPhone and/or MBP are nearly always with me but for now I keep feeling compelled to look every day or so to just see if it is working.

    Reply
  9. anthonyjross@mac.com

    I am having an issue similar to John’s but with Contacts. My .Me web email, calendar, galleries and iDisk are all displaying fine but none of the contacts will display even though they are syncing fine between my iPhone and two Macs. I have tried all the suggestions in Apple’s support note (clearing caches, logging in and out, reseting mobileme data from computer, even trying a different browser, different computer…). As I posted in an earlier comment, I probably never will have a real world occasion to even look at my contacts on the web as my iPhone and/or MBP are nearly always with me but for now I keep feeling compelled to look every day or so to just see if it is working.

    Reply
  10. anthonyjross@mac.com

    I am having an issue similar to John’s but with Contacts. My .Me web email, calendar, galleries and iDisk are all displaying fine but none of the contacts will display even though they are syncing fine between my iPhone and two Macs. I have tried all the suggestions in Apple’s support note (clearing caches, logging in and out, reseting mobileme data from computer, even trying a different browser, different computer…). As I posted in an earlier comment, I probably never will have a real world occasion to even look at my contacts on the web as my iPhone and/or MBP are nearly always with me but for now I keep feeling compelled to look every day or so to just see if it is working.

    Reply
  11. ciaociao111@mac.com

    I’ve been having a problem with the new interface for Mail at Me.com.
    When I type in a email address of someone I email a lot, even my own, there is no filling in the rest of the address. When composing a new email, if I click on the “Contacts” button. I get an error message, ” Contacts is temporarily unavailable.
    We’re working hard to restore normal service. We apologize for the inconvenience.”

    Is this something everyone’s getting? How do I access my contacts within Mail, when composing new email?

    thanks
    t

    Reply
  12. ciaociao111@mac.com

    I’ve been having a problem with the new interface for Mail at Me.com.
    When I type in a email address of someone I email a lot, even my own, there is no filling in the rest of the address. When composing a new email, if I click on the “Contacts” button. I get an error message, ” Contacts is temporarily unavailable.
    We’re working hard to restore normal service. We apologize for the inconvenience.”

    Is this something everyone’s getting? How do I access my contacts within Mail, when composing new email?

    thanks
    t

    Reply
  13. ciaociao111@mac.com

    I’ve been having a problem with the new interface for Mail at Me.com.
    When I type in a email address of someone I email a lot, even my own, there is no filling in the rest of the address. When composing a new email, if I click on the “Contacts” button. I get an error message, ” Contacts is temporarily unavailable.
    We’re working hard to restore normal service. We apologize for the inconvenience.”

    Is this something everyone’s getting? How do I access my contacts within Mail, when composing new email?

    thanks
    t

    Reply
  14. ciaociao111@mac.com

    I’ve been having a problem with the new interface for Mail at Me.com.
    When I type in a email address of someone I email a lot, even my own, there is no filling in the rest of the address. When composing a new email, if I click on the “Contacts” button. I get an error message, ” Contacts is temporarily unavailable.
    We’re working hard to restore normal service. We apologize for the inconvenience.”

    Is this something everyone’s getting? How do I access my contacts within Mail, when composing new email?

    thanks
    t

    Reply
  15. ciaociao111@mac.com

    I’ve been having a problem with the new interface for Mail at Me.com.
    When I type in a email address of someone I email a lot, even my own, there is no filling in the rest of the address. When composing a new email, if I click on the “Contacts” button. I get an error message, ” Contacts is temporarily unavailable.
    We’re working hard to restore normal service. We apologize for the inconvenience.”

    Is this something everyone’s getting? How do I access my contacts within Mail, when composing new email?

    thanks
    t

    Reply

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