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:

Notifications

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

Brilliant feature o’ the day: Skype’s Call-Forwarding

Why? Because now someone anywhere in the world can call my cellphone for trĂ©s cheap. If I don’t pick up, they’re forwarded to my cellphone’s voicemail.

This, my friend, is feature of sheer brilliance. I love you Skype!

To enable this functionality, you’ve got to have the absurdly cheap Skype Out. Once you’ve signed up:

  1. Open Skype
  2. Go to “File -> Preferences”
  3. Click on the “Calls” tab
  4. Activate the “Call Forwarding” box and enter your phone number with country code

It’s that simple! As an added bonus, when you’re not around a computer, it looks like you’re online anyway; you don’t have to be signed into Skype for someone half the way around the world to talk to you!