Save .Mac Bookmarks!

While there’s an awful lot to like about MobileMe (tight iPhone integration, web apps that look like they’re going to be awesome—this second point is big considering I usually dislike web apps), there are some parts of .Mac we’ll have to say goodbye to. Here’s an excerpt from the MobileMe FAQ:

Are any other .Mac features affected?
As part of this transition to MobileMe, some features are being discontinued: Web access to bookmarks (bookmark sync between your Macs and/or PCs is still supported), iCards, .Mac slides, and support for Mac OS X 10.3 Panther sync.

That’s right; say goodbye to iCards. The loss of iCards isn’t what disappoints me, though. iCards were a holdover from iTools, and simply would not mesh well with MobileMe (and they hardly meshed with .mac, for that matter). And .Mac Slides? Who ever used that feature? No, the one lost feature that I’d hate to see go is .Mac Bookmarks. As the FAQ states, bookmark syncing between devices isn’t going anywhere, but accessing bookmarks through a web browser (.Mac Bookmarks) is. 

Here’s a scenario: you’re away from home (say the school library), you don’t have access to your MacBook (it’s being repaired), and you don’t own an iPhone (you’re locked into a plan for another year—argh). You need to access a certain page (say it’s a login page), but you don’t remember the URL you bookmarked. If you’re a .Mac subscriber, you might just visit, sign in, and find the bookmark you need. After July 11, if this sounds like you, you’ll be out of luck.

Why Apple would ditch this service is beyond me. After all, .Mac Bookmarks totally fits in the “Mobile” part of “MobileMe.” Not everyone is going to own an iPhone, and not everyone owns a laptop. But everyone leaves the home at some point, and sometimes they need to get on another computer to work. Knowing that you always have access to your bookmarks in such a situation is one of my favorite .Mac features, and it’s saved me in a pinch a number of times. 

So here’s to MobileMe, and here’s hoping that Apple changes its mind and retains this one feature.

Q&A (video): BitTorrent CEO Doug Walker

In some of his first remarks to the press since being named CEO of BitTorrent in October, Doug Walker sat with NewTeeVee last week to discuss his leadership role at the company founded around Bram Cohen’s technology, BitTorrent’s current business-oriented emphasis (or its “third coming,” as NTV columnist Janko Roettgers put it), and its battles over net neutrality with Comcast. Cue the video:

Walker is the new resident gray-hair (though it’s actually brown) and enterprise market expert at the San Francisco-based startup whose technology drives much of the world’s peer-to-peer file transfers. The company recently asked its doorman to check photo IDs after a “crazy BitTorrent fan” barged into the office; it’s not exactly your average enterprise software startup!

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SBSH Facade updated, supports screen rotation

Sbshfacade1_3You might remember SBSH Facade, the very useful Today screen plugin we walked you through last month in a brief video. I used the trial version on my landscape-only Dash at that time, so I didn’t realize that Facade didn’t support screen rotation between portrait and landscape views. Folks that own a Windows Mobile device with screen rotation will be happy to know that the latest update, version 1.3, does support screen rotation. The better news is that if you own a prior 1.x version, you can get this upgrade for free! There’s actually several additional features included as well, so check out this helpful app.

(via Smartphone Thoughts)