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Apple OpenJDK for OS X and a "New graphical client"

Apple and Oracle today announced the OpenJDK project for Mac OS X, ending weeks of speculation about the future of Java on the Mac OS X platform. In the joint announcement from Apple and Oracle, it was stated that "Apple will contribute most of the key components, tools and technology required for a Java SE 7 implementation on Mac OS X, including a 32-bit and 64-bit HotSpot-based Java virtual machine, class libraries, a networking stack and the foundation for a new graphical client."

The Apple Tax - $299 on a new MacBook

Apple's recent announcement that Mac Java support is deprecated inspired me to look at the so-called "Apple Tax" -- the premium price tag you're going to pay when buying an Apple computer, whether that be a MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac, or Mac Pro instead of a Windows PC.

I just ran a comparison of a base model Apple MacBook versus two different Dell Windows notebook PCs, and the numbers are pretty scary:

The Apple Tax on a base MacBook is a whopping $219 to $299
more than faster, better-equipped Dell notebook models.

AppleScript list examples

AppleScript list FAQ: Can you share some simple AppleScript list examples?

Sure. As I've been doing a lot of work with Mac speech recognition software lately I've been working a lot of with AppleScript lists. Let's take a look at some common AppleScript list examples (and programming needs).

How to create an AppleScript list

A simple AppleScript list can be created like this:

iTunes AppleScript examples (command examples)

iTunes AppleScript examples FAQ: Can you share some iTunes AppleScript examples (iTunes AppleScript example scripts)?

As I've been working a lot with Mac speech recognition software lately, AppleScript has once again become important in my life. I've been writing a lot of small AppleScript scripts, including AppleScript iTunes scripts, and I thought I'd share snippets of code from those iTunes scripts here for anyone else they might benefit.

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