I went over to http://home.live.com/ to see if the services were worth it. For its nice price of free, it has about the same features as .mac and gets the job done well. In fact, I'm typing this on Windows Live Writer and I'm forwarding my Gmail mail over to my new Hotmail account.
I have moved my blog to Wordpress at theunixgeek.wordpress.com. I will still be checking back periodically on this one as well, though. 19 April 2009