The Hidden Cost of Tiger OS


Like countless other mac addicts, I am patiently waiting for Apple to release their Tiger OS-X on April 29, 2005. Going through the publicly available information on their website, the feature that has me most excited about is the enhanced iSync feature. Thus far we have been able to synchronize our Bookmarks, Calendars and Address Book with a certain limited set of phones and between Macs using the dotMac service. (I have in the past criticized Apple for being slow in supporting the newer phones and basically making phones like my lovely Nokia 6620 redundant for most part.) However the new upgrade will allow us now to sync Mail, Mail folders and Password Key Chains. This is a fantastic idea – and basically makes answering and syncing emails easy.

dot mac syncThere is a hidden cost to this. I pay around $100 a year for the dotMac service, which gets me a puny 250 MB of storage, for email and iDisk. For most of us heavy email users, the syncing and all is going to need a lot more storage that currently being offered. I get about a gigabyte worth of email in a week, and this includes PDF files, photos, and of course the all important “tips.” If I have to sync these between my two PowerBooks, well I would need four times the storage, just for email alone. In other words, another $50 a year (according to current Mac prices!) In recent days, Apple has been pushing its dot Mac service hard, and is trying to sign-up as many as possible … perhaps in preparation of the Tiger launch. Storage should not cost this much, as Yahoo and Google have shown us.

Stephen Castellano in his post about the Moore’s Law and Storage points out that with Google trying to replace our hard drives with online storage, there will be disruptive implications far “beyond the technology sector.” $129 for the OS, $150 for this … well no wonder Steve’s company is in dollars! Atleast this will ensure that I don’t have to use Windows!

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