Fixing Growl notifications in v1.3

For one reason or another, upgrading Growl to v1.3 causes all sorts of mayhem. Growl v1.3 is a new, paid application that’s different software from the previous preference pane. The only instruction I saw when I upgraded was to run the uninstaller for the preference pane. After a bit of trial and error, I discovered there’s a couple more steps you’ll most likely need to do to get things working properly again.

First, download and open Growl Version Detective. You’ll see something like this:

Select each application Growl supports and upgrade the framework version to 1.3. Notifications should start working again.

Second, if you use Skype, you need to tell Skype to use Growl instead of its internal notifications system:


The second step finally quells unstoppable notifications of contacts signing in and out of Skype.

Software I use, January 2011 edition

CUNY provided me with a new Mac Pro, check out these specs baby, so I thought it might be neat to document what it takes to set it up from scratch.

For the last six months, I’ve been working regularly on four different Macs. At home, I have a MacBook and an iMac, and at work I’ve had a MacBook Pro and an iMac. To keep the system environment similar, I’m a reluctant user of MobileMe. It has its downsides, but it’s really the simplest way to sync everything from my contacts to the icons in my dock. For some applications, I’ve noticed it will even sync your license. Authenticating the machine against MobileMe is the first step I take.

Google Chrome is my browser of choice. I trust Xmarks to keep my small selection of bookmarks in sync across browsers and across machines. My homepage is “about:blank.” Once I have my browser set up, I download¬†Dropbox so I can start restoring my files and other application-specific preferences. As of today, my Dropbox is at 41.1%, or 21.2GB. It’s good to install Dropbox early so it can start pulling data down. Dropbox also installs Growl, a¬†system notifications utility, which is nice because I use it for other applications. Continue reading “Software I use, January 2011 edition”