A friend of mine just bought a Mac and switching over from Windows isn’t as easy as expected..you’ve got to back up your personal files, email and those small things you might forget like your bookmarks and contacts. There’s always a chance that you’ll miss out on a few things but I always prefer to keep frequent backups of my data just in case of a hard disk failure or anything of that sort.
It is for this purpose that I use Mozy. It keeps backing up your files frequently to a storage space allocated to you online. You get 2GB free and need to pay for more storage need be. Check it out at http://www.mozy.com. A beta version is available for Mac and I suggest all Mac users to get this too!
There are lots of other alternatives and one worth mentioning is Gmail Drive. It enables the free space in your Gmail account to be shown as a hard disk on your computer. Check it out at http://www.viksoe.dk/code/gmail.htm
Last but not the least, as suggested by Dr.B I’m checking out www.logmein.com in an attempt to control my PC remotely via my phone – more on the success/disaster reports later.
Oh, and one more thing – as suggested by my friend, the best alternative so far to MSN Messenger on Mac is aMsn. I have used the version made for Linux and found it to have pretty much all the options that the latest version of Windows Live Messenger offers for Windows users. I don’t know for sure about the OSX version but am guessing it’ll be the same. Adium is the more popular alternative but my friend found it to have a few basic features like nudging missing – so the final verdict is in favour of aMsn (for now).