Symantec C++ 8.5 -- Symantec has announced version 8.5 of Symantec C++ for Power Macintosh, including support for Java, Pascal (via a Pascal compiler from Language Systems), and 68K development. The release features significant memory optimization, Apple Guides for users not familiar with Symantec's development tools, improved performance, and full support for OpenDoc 1.0 development. The estimated retail price is $400, but the software is free to Symantec C++ subscribers, and costs $149 as trade-up from several other tools. [GD]
Syslogd Overwhelming Your Computer?
If your Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5) system is unexpectedly sluggish, logging might be the culprit. Run Activity Monitor (Applications/Utilities/ folder), and click the CPU column twice to get it to show most to least activity. If syslogd is at the top of the list, there's a fix. Syslogd tracks informational messages produced by software and writes them to the asl.db, a file in your Unix /var/log/ directory. It's a known problem that syslogd can run amok. There's a fix: deleting the asl.db file.
Launch Terminal (from the same Utilities folder), and enter these commands exactly as written, entering your administrative password when prompted:
sudo launchctl stop com.apple.syslogd
sudo rm /var/log/asl.db
sudo launchctl start com.apple.syslogd
Your system should settle down to normal. For more information, follow the link.