I finally kicked the chair out under .Mac.
My account expired on the 1st of October.
Do not send any more email to sharkbait at mac dot com.
Why did I leave ?
It has been unreliable for years, it offers very little that you cannot get better for free. Apple kept focusing on features I was not interested in, while never fixing the long-standing bugs in the stuff I was interested in (this could be a criticism of MacOSX as well !! ).
The one thing I still found useful was syncing between multiple Macs, ironically this is the one part of .Mac functionality that no one has been able to replicate in open-source setups yet. Syncing was a great idea, but it was one of the least reliable parts of the service. You set up .Mac syncing in the System Prefs, to sync Calendars, Addresses, Bookmarks etc. once per day, come back in like a week to find it has not sync’d for several days, no warning. That is just so pathetic as to be insulting. This problem has always existed, Apple do not seem to bother fixing old bugs, just add new ones features.
Don’t get me wrong, I am a long-time Mac aficionado, MacOSX is the best OS I have ever used, but it is still a PoS and Apple is still extremely arrogant.