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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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Email Security Survey Finds Many Read Spam

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ZDNet reports on a survey from the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group that finds a surprising number of people open suspect spam messages and even click on included links or forward the messages. We're not entirely sure what to make of the survey findings overall, but anyone interested in the spam problem would be well served to read the full survey (in PDF, linked in the ZDNet article) and ponder the results.favicon follow link


Comments about Email Security Survey Finds Many Read Spam

Gary Goodenough  2010-03-27 18:41
Many years ago I created an email address to purchase things like software, amazon etc. I didn't want any spam in my personal email address. Years later I have yet to receive any spam in my "to purchase" address mail box. My personal email address mail box is filled with spam. My theory much of the spam comes from emails with a cc instead of a bcc and friends who went on web pages and put in my personal email address so I can get too good to believe deals, greeting cards etc.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-03-29 06:17
There are lots of places where email addresses can be picked up by spammers. Most legitimate companies are safe, however, which explains your good experience with the purchasing address. The only trouble there would be a disgruntled employee stealing and reselling a list of addresses.