Digital Color Meter Alternative

The Hex Color Picker provides essentially the same functionality as Digital Color Meter I went looking for an alternative to Digital Color Meter (R.I.P.), which Apple destroyed in the Lion update. There doesn't seem to be a stand-alone program that you can download and use, but there is a pretty easy way to get the same functionality back, by adding a hex tab to Apple's built-in color picker. I didn't panic, because I was pretty I'd find a solution. First, you need to download the Hex Color Picker. Don't worry that the "Requirements" don't mention Lion — Leopard & Snow… Continue reading »

USB Modem That Works With Lion!

My new USB modem that I ordered a few days from eBay arrived, and I can confirm that it does indeed work under Lion! Ah, victory is sweet! It came with one of those small CDs, which I popped into my computer, and I quickly discovered that no modem drivers were included for OSX. So I went Googling for an OSX modem driver for it, but without any luck. I didn't spend a lot of time looking, because I decided to give it a try without installing any special driver. That kind of cavalier approach often works on Macs. I… Continue reading »

Firefox & WordPress: Frequent Updates Are Too Frequent

I like Firefox, but I don't want to update it constantly. Lately, it seems like every time I launch Firefox it tells me there's an update. I had updated to Firefox 4 fairly recently — version 4 had only been out for about 3 months, and I hadn't rushed to update because there were some plug-ins that I depend on that were not yet compatible with Firefox 4. So I waited until those were updated, or acceptable alternatives were available, before updating Firefox to version 4. No sooner had I updated to v4 than v5 was out. Now v6 is… Continue reading »

Apple Destroyed Digital Color Meter!

OMFG, I just launched Digital Color Meter for the first time since upgrading to Lion. Apple has utterly destroyed it! The old DCM (Snow Leopard and earlier) was an incredibly useful little utility that allowed me to pick up any color from anywhere on the monitor, in any program, and get the hex value for that color. I could lock DCM onto any single pixel with command-L, copy the hex value to the clipboard, and paste it into a CSS file in my text editor. No longer. Apple has removed that cabability. Now I can only get the RGB value.… Continue reading »

Lion Kills Apple’s USB Modem

USB modem that works with OSX Lion See this post for a USB modem that works with OSX Lion I was having problems with the new "Mission Control" in Lion. I could use Mission Control just fine, but I couldn't set or change anything Mission Control-related in my System Preferences. When I would try to access Mission Control's settings in System Preferences, SysPreferences would hang until I force-quit it, or else it would just crash on its own without waiting for me. <img class="size-thumbnail wp-image-148" title="Unchecking "Open in 32-bit mode" fixed Mission Control System Preferences for me — but killed… Continue reading »

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 » -