Many of you may be wondering where the Macalope was last week. Every so often the Macalope likes to “sharpen the saw” as Covey would say and go to a conference where he can learn and reenergize!
It’s almost always a mistake.
This time the Macalope decided to go to this big mythical creatures conference at the Sylvan Glen (“Sylvan Glen” sounds like a mythical place but it’s actually a Courtyard by Marriott out on Highway 80). The conference is supposed to be a way for us all to get together and talk about the issues of being mythical.
For example, it’s really hard to build up a line of credit. Imagine being a faerie and having to put your address as “Under the toadstool down by the babbling brook in the Great Green Wood” on a loan application. That doesn’t look good. It’s vague and somehow sounds like you spend most of your day stoned.
Anyway, there’s this big reception at the conference and the Macalope is talking to this magical half-elf with plus five hit points and — as will often happen when you have a head shaped like a Mac — the subject turns to Apple. As it turns out, the magical half-elf with plus five hit points is also a Mac user and has some familiars who provide him insider info on Apple.
So, we’re sipping our white wine and wearing our “HI, I’M the Macalope” and “HI, I’M the magical half-elf with plus five hit points” badges and he starts talking about portable home directories.
Unless you’ve been living under a toadstool down by the babbling brook in the Great Green Wood, you know that Leopard is going to feature some amazing advancements of this technology. But out of nowhere the magical half-elf with plus five hit points says “Of course .Mac will be free again to tie it all together.”
The Macalope did a white wine spit-take which probably surprised him a bit because he immediately started backing off that assertion, saying “Well, some part of it will be free.”
But it does make sense. It’s not like Apple’s making a ton of coin on it anyway and if Leopard is going to highlight the ability to access your home folder anywhere, what better way to make that possible for everyone than .Mac?
Uh, other than something that’s reliable.