Beta Java Development Kit Released for Mac -- Javasoft, Sun's subsidiary handling Java development, has released the first beta of its Java Developer's Kit (JDK) for Macintosh. The JDK includes a Java Applet viewer and a Java Compiler, as well as sample Java applets and API documentation for programmers. Though these materials are preliminary, there's more than enough here for programmers to start experimenting with Sun's Virtual Machine (VM) implementation. One important fact: the materials run on Power Macs and 68K Macs with a 68030 processor or better, putting to rest persistent rumors that Sun's VM would only be available for Power Macs. If you aren't a developer, have 3 MB of free RAM and System 7.5, and absolutely must use Java today, the Java Applet Viewer can be used to run applets downloaded from Internet sites. The binhexed version of the JDK weighs in at about 3 MB. [GD]
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If your Twitter client doesn't automatically shorten URLs for you, you can use TextExpander to shrink those long links to tweetable lengths. First, add the Internet Productivity group by choosing File > Add Predefined Group > Internet Productivity Snippets. Then, to shorten a URL using a service like TinyURL, copy the destination URL to the clipboard, and type the abbreviation
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