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The Sum of the Parts

The Sum of the Parts
by Gary Woods

When I first got my iPad I was looking for a way to synchronize all out contacts and calendar events. The obvious choice was Apple's MobileMe, but it was $99 per year. I thought man that's a lot of money just to synchronize stuff but they make it so easy with the 60 days for free offer so I dove on in. After a little huffing and puffing I got our 2 computers, 2 iPads and my wife's iPod Touch all synchronizing contacts and calendars. Wherever the appointment or contact was entered or altered it shows up on all those other devices.

Having everybody on the same page is definitely cool, but $99 a year still seems to be kind of steep so then I started to look at what else I got for my $99. Well the other part of the package was also pretty cool. Besides contacts and calendar you can sync the MobilMe email account that comes with the service but then there are the other goodies.

First, there's find my iPhone which allows you log into any browser and see where your iPhone/iPad is and if it's some place you don't want it to be you can either lock it up requiring a password you assign or you can erase all the data on the device.

Then there's iDisk which gives you 10GB of storage space in the cloud for whatever you need to store there and retrieve at a moment's notice. And finally, there's the MobilMe Gallery photo album that allows you to store photos and share them with your friends and family.

When you put it all together I think the services add up to more than the sum of the parts and besides you've got 60 days free to decide if it's something you want in your life.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc