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  1. In the post-keynote show there was a discussion about the new Macbook Pro's anti-glare screen, and interpreted it to be a matte screen. There may be another interpretation, one which is a better fit to the actual words used by Phil Schiller. It may be that the LCD screen is the same, but there is now an option to have an anti-reflection coating on the glass window. This would reduce the usual glass reflection of 4% down to 0.5-1%, and will probably be inferior to the true matte LCD screen. One disadvantage is that coatings can be scratched and abraded by fingers and cleaning cloths over time. $50 is an appropriate additional cost for this feature. Just my 2 cents as a retired laser guy.
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    Cataloging your archived files

    I believe that listener James wanted a means to put Finder file information into a form he could use from, say, Excel. What I am about to say may not be popular, but this looks like a job for Applescript. You can write your own script using the Script Editor application in Applications/Applescript. Here's roughly how: The Finder info for each file in a folder or folder tree is accessible within a "tell block", e.g. repeat with theFile in aFileList tell application "Finder" set theFileName to name of theFile set theCreationDate to creation date of theFile ... end tell -- put instructions to move the data where you want it here. See examples below. end repeat Then the info can be sent to Excel or any Applescript-aware application (which show up in the list you see when you access File/Open Dictionary...). I don't have Excel (I use AppleWorks or OpenOffice now but I've used it much in the past), so I can't give a concrete example here, but here are two options: (1) send the data items directly to cells in the spreadsheet, or (2) write the data items to a tab- or comma-delimited text file which Excel can import. The first alternative would use a tell block similar to the above: tell application "Excel" set cell 1 of row 1 of document 1 to theFileName set cell 2 of row 1 of document 1 to theCreationDate ... end tell The second text file alternative would use the File Read/Write commands found in the dictionary of the Standard Additions (again from File/Open Dictionary). No tell block is needed. It would roughly look like: set theFileRef to open for access file myFileName write theFileName & tab to theFileRef write theCreationDate & tab to theFileRef ... write theLastItem & return to theFileRef close theFileRef While it's true that scripting, like any programming language, can be a little intimidating at first, I think it is well worth the effort. Then your Mac will do exactly what you want it to do.