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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 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.

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Soren Thomas Kissell Joins the TidBITS Family

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It seemed like all the other TidBITS staffers were getting them, so Joe Kissell and his wife wanted one too. On May 20, more than three weeks ahead of schedule, their long-awaited new product was delivered in Paris. Featuring a multi-touch surface, high-resolution video input, a fingerprint-resistant anti-glare finish, a 3D position sensor, wireless networking, and a (somewhat unreliable) sleep mode, this hardware-software combo has been providing them hours of entertainment and education. Frustratingly, it came without any documentation, and they've been unable to locate a mute button, but the developer promised that future upgrades will include face recognition, speech synthesis, and a power source that can last more than two hours between charges. The user interface will also be localized in French and English!favicon follow link

 

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Tonya Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-06-07 08:21
Thanks for the giggle. Let me know if you find that mute button. :-)
Glenn Fleishman  2010-06-07 08:40
You have to watch for the multi-touch output function; there are special clothes (purchased separately) to help with that.
Cute ;)

Best wishes with your new 'bundle of joy'!
(And for WIW, I note there is no such thing as the 'terrible twos' -- I called them the 'terrific twos' -- and they were! 'course, that's still a ways off for you. ;)
Nathab  2010-06-14 01:54
It's the best upgrade ever, and you'll wonder how you ever survived without one (or two!). You're also likely to wonder what you used to do with all that time and energy.

Congrats!