Show Mountain Lion’s Notification Center With a Gesture

Apple claim you can reveal the Notification Center with a simple two finger swipe from right to left on the trackpad, but what they don’t mention is the swipe has to start from the very edge or off the right of the trackpad for it to register. Otherwise the standard two finger scroll will kick in.

If you use a Magic Mouse you’re left gesture-less, but you’re able to add Notification Center as a hot corner. The top right of the screen makes the most sense for this as that’s where the Notification Center icon is.

The software for this printer is currently unavailable [Lion]

Lion no longer installs all the printer drivers out of the box, I guess to cut down on unnecessary downloading from the Mac App Store. On 10.7.1 it wouldn’t let me add a printer with the error:

The software for this printer is currently unavailable. Please contact the printer’s manufacturer for the latest software.

However by running Software Update (from the Apple menu bar) after connecting the printer, it successfully downloaded the correct drivers. The Add Printer option then automatically installs the printer once selected.

Update, thanks to Rob in the comments for his suggestion that seems to be helping a lot of people:

If run­ning Apple’s Software Update doesn’t fix it for you, open Preferences->Print & Scan and then hit ctrl-click (or right mouse) over the list of print­ers and select “Reset Printing System…”. That will unin­stall all your print­ers but then I was able to add the Officejet by click­ing the “+” but­ton and the error went away. doesn’t autostart with iTunes in Lion [Fix]

Update 04/08/2011: have updated their client, either use the Check for updates.. in the app or download it.

Still no scrobbling but the release notes show they’ve fixed it for Lion: (mac) (04/08/11)
* Plugin fix for iTunes 10.5
* 64bit version of the plugin for iTunes on Lion

Sadly the client doesn’t autostart under Lion when you run iTunes; and there’s yet to be an official update. In fact the entire client has been rather neglected, seeing its last update in October 2010.

If like me, you’ve lost a bunch of scrobbles because you’ve forgotten to open it, you can add to your login items so it’ll automatically open when your Mac starts.

Open System Preferences then > Users & Groups; select your username and toggle to the Login Items page. Click the + and select the app to add to the list.

Mac System Preferences - adding to login items

If like myself, you have the not show in the dock (and only the menu bar), select the Hidden checkbox.

Unfortunately there’s no iPhone / iPad scrobbling support on Lion yet, and I’m not sure how iOS 5 WiFi sync will be able to handle it..

Cannot Connect to Facebook Chat in Adium with Lion

Due to some cookie restriction in Lion the latest stable or beta version of Adium cannot connect to Facebook chat.

Luckily they just re-enabled their nightly builds which fix the issue.

Download the latest nightly from:

Make sure you get the 1.4.3 nightly currently:

As the 1.5 builds are unstable.

Update: Adium have now released a beta fixing this issue: Betas are usually more stable than nightlies so use this!

Missing Fonts in Mac OS X Lion (10.7)

After upgrading to Lion I found it disabled a few of the system fonts. This made lots of websites not display as intended and warnings about Missing Fonts in Pages (which had the benefit of artificially inflating my book’s page count bringing it nearer completion).

Turns out Lion can disable certain fonts in certain circumstances; I did a clean install of Lion on a different drive when running the Install Mac OS X Lion app.

You can re-enable the fonts like this:

  1. Open Font Book, it’s stored in your Applications folder. You’ve got Lion now so you could be fancy and use Launchpad.
  2. Find a font that has been disabled – in my case Verdana was the key one. Right click the font and select Enable ‘font name’ Family:
    Enabling the Verdana font in the Font Book on Mac Lion
  3. Repeat this for any other fonts that have been disabled.


You can automatically activate fonts added in the future by ticking Automatic font activation from the Font Book Preferences menu:

 Font Book preference window