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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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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 24 October 2011

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Fetch 5.7 -- In line with the company’s goal of “relentless improvement,” Fetch Softworks has released Fetch 5.7, further refining and polishing the venerable file transfer client. Fetch 5.7 now provides a search field for restricting file lists to matching files, displays the overall progress and time remaining for multi-file transfers, preserves modification dates of uploaded files, syncs shortcuts via Dropbox or a shared file server, adds a Show Fetch.log In Finder command, automatically removes trailing spaces from the names of uploaded files, and adds support for editing remote files displayed with Quick Look. Also improved is compatibility with various server packages, user interaction with SFTP sites, and reliability of large transfers. A variety of bugs have been fixed, too. ($29 new from Fetch Softworks or the Mac App Store and free for educational users, free update from 5.5 or later, $10 upgrade for earlier purchases, 11.3 MB, release notes)

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Fantastical 1.1 -- Flexibits has released Fantastical 1.1, an update to their popular calendar utility. This release adds a few welcome features: It is now possible to edit and delete events, as well as add and edit notes to them. Fantastical now also supports iCloud calendars, and provides a number of new editing options. Version 1.1 also includes bug fixes and performance improvements that affect everything from graphics acceleration to the user interface’s responsiveness and functionality. ($19.99 new from Flexibits or the Mac App Store, free update, 1.1 MB, release notes)

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