It Got Cloudy

by Barrett

I had everything just the way I liked it.
But the clock is ticking down to June.
I could sync between devices.  I shared my photos.  I could post my videos.  I could create a little website.  And it was elegant and easy.
I had it all.  MobileMe was great.  I paid for it.  A win-win for everyone.
I thought.

OK.  I know.  So MobileMe is dead and the coffin closes officially in June.  That’s yesterday’s news.

iCloud is up and running, and I know I have no choice but to switch in the next few months.  But I haven’t yet, because I’m trying to figure out how to put all the pieces of my little online media gallery back together.

So I went to the new Apple store in Grand Central Terminal a month ago and asked a bunch of the Apple Geniuses.  I’ve always found it useful to poll different geniuses on my tech questions, because there is rarely just one answer to a tech riddle.  In this one circumstance, I actually had a problem pushing past ‘the PR talk,’ but I quickly found the guy who was willing to give it me straight.

He told me if you want to share your photos online, use a service like Flickr.  If you want to share your videos, use YouTube or Vimeo.  If you want to share files, then go with Dropbox.  Want someone to host your simple website?  There are lots of choices out there like Go Daddy.   Yes, iWeb still works as a web-building tool… for now.  (I get the hint.)

And that’s it.   Apple is focusing on other stuff.  (and being wildly successful at it)

I’m suddenly feeling very Borg-like.  I will comply.

So far, I’ve got the Flickr account activated.  Looks like I’ll need their Pro account.  ($24.95/yr or $44.95/2 years) Yes, putting this all back together is going to cost something.  But the Genius added it would be less than MobileMe did.    So what’s there to complain about?

I need to get my head in the iCloud.
Let’s check back on this in May…

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