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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.

Visit Discussion of syslogd problem at Smarticus

 
 

Got a Twitch You Just Can't Scratch?

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Got a Twitch You Just Can't Scratch? Do you ever feel paranoid, like there might be aliens and monsters lurking around every corner? Or are you just looking for some target practice? Either way, you're in luck: a shareware version of the unbearably popular DOOM I has been released for the Macintosh by id Software, Inc. Though you need a 68040-based Mac or better to play it, this version comes fully-featured, handles multi-player games, and is generally guaranteed to aggravate any hand or wrist problems you might have.

"But wait," you're saying, "why play a game that started on the PC when there's Marathon, an appropriately blood-soaked, shoot-em-up game born on the Macintosh?" Well, you're in luck too: a demo of Marathon 2 is available online as well. These games are massive - DOOM I is about 3 MB, and the demo of Marathon 2 is a whopping 15 MB - so be prepared to spend some time downloading them. Also check the ReadMe files for system requirements and instructions. Before you ask, no, DOOM II is only available commercially. [GD]

ftp://mirror.aol.com/pub/info-mac/game/arc/ doom-i-101.hqx
ftp://mirror.aol.com/pub/info-mac/game/com/ mthn/marathon2-demo.hqx

 

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