Here’s an early holiday gift to everyone who’s asked me about how to sync their Safari bookmarks, Address Book contacts, iCal calendars, and Mail accounts without purchasing the $99 per year .Mac account from Apple: use MySync. From the web site:
MySync provides the Mac-to-Mac syncing capabilities of .mac, without .mac
Instead of syncing your data via Apple’s servers, MySync runs in a Master-Slave configuration on your local network.
MySync uses the Apple Sync Engine built into Tiger, just like .mac and Apple’s iSync.
Tiger supports syncing for the following data types: Bookmarks, Calendars, Contacts, Keychains1, Mail Accounts, and Mail Rules,
Signatures, and Smart Mailboxes.
As more applications utilise Apple’s Sync Engine, MySync will automatically support them.
Since I have a .Mac account (and yes, of course I use it for more than just syncing), I haven’t bothered to try this program out. If you do, I’d like to hear how well it works for you. Happy holidays.