Solution Submitted for the notMac Challenge

by Matthew Russell

Nearly a year ago, I posted about the notMac Challenge, an effort to come up with a replacement for .Mac. Just recently, I received some encouraging news that I wanted to share with you:

Several months ago I started the notMac Challenge to generate incentive for a developer to create an easy-to-use replacement for Apple’s dotMac service. Thanks to the generosity of people from around the world, the prize grew to a value of $7,836, and as a result, I'm very happy to announce that Ben Spink has submitted a solution.

Contributors to the notMac Challenge have been testing the submission for the last couple of weeks and after a few minor tweaks, it appears to be functioning well. During the final week of evaluation, I'd like to invite everyone to download Ben's solution, try it out and post their feedback on the notMac Challenge forums.

You can visit the main page and navigate to the forums, or go directly to the discussion thread that includes Ben Spink's solution.

Although the notMac forums would be the most appropriate place for technical feedback related to the product itself, feel free to post any other thoughts below.


2007-09-26 08:53:22
Thanks for the tip on this. I downloaded the disk image and fired it up on an extra mac mini that we have in our data center. (I'm the Network Admin for

So far, it is working great and the speeds are good.

2007-09-26 11:07:23
When I try to mount the dmg I get a weird error:

The disk failed to mount 'Codec Error'.

This is on 10.4.10

Ben Spink
2007-09-27 05:54:50
I'm guessing your DMG file is corrupt. Download a new copy.
2007-09-27 23:34:09
Still getting the same error. I even downloaded through wget:

15:26:28 $ wget
Length: 16,030,615 [application/octet-stream]

Ben Spink
2007-09-28 08:53:00
Use this one:

It will give valid links to two other locations.