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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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Xmarks Bookmark Synchronization Service to Fold

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Some of us here at TidBITS were very bummed to read Steven Vaughan-Nichols's ZDNet blog post bemoaning the 10 January 2011 shutdown of Xmarks, which synchronizes bookmarks between different browsers, including Safari, Firefox, and Google Chrome, even across operating systems. We never got around to writing about Xmarks in TidBITS, but that was merely a lack of time, not a lack of enthusiasm. If only other synchronization services were as good! [Update: Since we initially linked to Steven's post, things have changed and it sounds as though Xmarks may have a second chance; see "Xmarks Is Dead. Long Live Xmarks?" on the Xmarks blog mentioned in the comments for details.]favicon follow link


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tecmec  2010-09-29 20:44
With 22 millions download on Firefox we should be able to o get them around $500.000 by requesting $1- from all users : 1% of Firefox users alone should be $220 000, Campaign average a return rate of 3%...
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-09-30 05:42
Yeah, it seems a little surprising that they haven't tried the simple plea for money from users.
Paul Willis  2010-10-01 06:33
They have actually
Their is hope. Please report on it. Check out their blog.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-10-01 13:30
Excellent - I'll see if I can find the time to write some more about this.
MacBerry  2010-10-05 12:59
I would be in for a yearly subscription fee.

This add-on is probably the most used/useful add-on I have on all my computers.

Urging the authour to give it a shot.