The Mac App Store is live
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So it turns out my fears have been abated. The Mac App Store is great. Simply run Software Update on any Macintosh running Snow Leopard.
It is OK. You can reset your password.
If you happened to misplace your password or if it slipped your mind, don't worry. Enter your email address below and we'll send you a new, temporary password so you can get right back to what you need to do.