Hi, I'm posting this here so that in case any of you were having problems syncing data with .Mac you'd know why it wasn't working.
Last week I noticed that my Address Book got a little screwy. Missing some addresses, etc. So I reverted to a backup and decided to REPLACE what was on .Mac with what was on my Mac. Every attempt to sync FAILED. I gave up and decided that the server must be down and tried again for two days straight. Same errors.
I then went to the .Mac home page and looked at the status only to find that the service was indeed down and had been down for a while. It's still down a week later with no notice from Apple on what the problem is or when it will be fixed. Users are pretty hot about this especially since .Mac is a paid service. Being down for a day OK, being down for two days is frustrating, being down for a week with no explanation is unacceptable!
The outage seems to coincide with the release of 10.4.6 and many are speculating that is what broke it! It may also explain why it's taking so long to resolve.
My favorite quote from the many threads on this subject on the Apple .Mac forums: "Steve Jobs must not use .Mac syncing, or this would have been fixed in 24 hours!"
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It's now marked as "up" on the network status. Hopefully, this means my syncing will work again...
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