I've been a Mac user since 1990. Here you'll find information on my experiences with Apple, with my Macs, and with software, hardware, and services.

More on Lion’s Launchpad

In yesterday's "First Impressions" report on Lion, I complained that Launchpad was unusable because it grabbed every single executable program on my machine, and that there was no way to get rid of them. It turns out, it's not as bad as I thought, but it's also worse. Losing the Windows Apps First off, there is a way to make Launchpad ignore the Windows executables. If I go into the virtual machine configuration settings and tell it not to share Windows applications with Mac, then Launchpad ignores all the Windows apps. Great! Launchpad becomes somewhat usable at this point. Grouping… Continue reading »

Lion: First Impressions

I finally got Lion downloaded, and it's installed on my MacBook Pro. The upgrade was as simple as Apple said it would be, and there doesn't seem to be anything major broken — although I have yet to take some of my most important Apps for a test drive. Launchpad Upon restarting after the upgrade was complete, I noticed the new "Launchpad" and "Mission Control" in my dock. I had been wondering how those would work in practice, so I clicked on Launchpad. It turns out, Launchpad is well-nigh unusable. Launchpad apparently grabs every single thing it can find anywhere… Continue reading »

Using The App Store App

When Apple introduced Lion, and announced that you had to be running Snow Leopard in order to install Lion, I finally decided to go ahead upgrade my system to Snow Leopard. I had a stable system running under Leopard, so I had been postponing the upgrade, but I don't like getting two major versions behind on anything, particularly my operating system, so with Lion coming out it was time to make the leap. With Snow Leopard, I got the App Store app. At first, I felt like it was just a gimmicky Apple thing, but after purchasing a few software… Continue reading »

Can’t Get The Lion Goodness

Trying to Download the Lion Goodness Apple's new OSX "Lion" operating system is out today. And the App Store is apparently overwhelmed. My Lion download seems to be paused permanently. Also, my Pages and Numbers programs need updating, and I can't get them either. My internet connection is plenty fast, and I can download and upload stuff to and from other sites, so I know it's not that. Oh well, I won't panic just yet, because it doesn't really matter. I don't intend to install Lion on my main work computer anyway. It's going first on my little MacBook Pro… Continue reading » -