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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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Chris Breen on PR Done Wrong

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Like us, Macworld Senior Editor Chris Breen deals with a lot of correspondence from public relations folks, many of whom are clueless about how to engage journalists effectively. He has now written a handy guide for PR flacks to follow, with sensible but frequently abused advice such as: A few minutes of research is helpful; we don’t want to talk to your CEO; and pitching Windows-only products to a Mac publication will get you ignored.Generic Globefollow link

 

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It's ironic that he makes an issue out of "note the 'Mac' in Macworld". After following sister-publication - Macworld UK's RSS feed for several years, I finally dumped it a couple of months back. One of the recurring problems was that they failed to edit the posts coming through to restrict it to articles that were at least vaguely related to the Mac landscape.