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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

sudo rm /var/log/asl.db

sudo launchctl start

Your system should settle down to normal. For more information, follow the link.

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Comments about EFF Examines 12 Years of the DMCA's Unintended Consequences

Apple features prominently in this article, and not in a good way. Their history of abusive behavior toward their customers has led me, a former iPod/MacBook user, to abandon their products.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-03-05 08:49
Yes, it's always important to remember that Apple is a massive multinational corporation, and not anyone's friend. But I will say that I think the best chance for improving their behavior comes from customers, since I see no realistic chance of Apple noticing a few people who won't buy because of their policies. (And of course, you'd need to assure yourself that whatever products you did buy instead were being produced by companies that had and would continue to have better track records. Many companies don't act badly simply because they have no chance to do so.)