Advenio has released version 3.1 of MacGourmet, its recipe management software that lets your collect and organize your favorite dishes on your Mac (for a comparison with other programs, see “Cook from Your Mac: 10 Recipe Tools Compared,” 21 September 2007). Highlights of the changes in MacGourmet 3.1 include the capability to download and import recipes from over forty popular Web sites, support for blogging, and many improvements in the way ingredients are handled. In addition, MacGourmet 3.1 addresses a large number of bugs that touch on pretty much every aspect of the app; full release notes are available. ($29 new from Advenio or the Mac App Store, free update, 12.7 MB)
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.