Ian Page has released Mactracker 7.0, the popular encyclopedia of Apple products. It has been updated with Apple’s operating system and hardware releases from the last couple of months, including iOS 6, the iPhone 5, iPad mini, fourth-generation iPad, 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, and the latest iPod nano and iPod touch models. The release also adds available marketing taglines for recent hardware models, adds a separate entry for SIM information to iPad and iPhone models, and updates support status for the latest Vintage and Obsolete products. The Mactracker app is now built using a Cocoa framework, requires OS X 10.7 Lion or later, and is optimized for Retina displays. (Free, 30.1 MB, release notes)
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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Special thanks to Hans Riezebeek, Steve Ward, Brian McLaughlin, and
David Willcox for their generous support!
When version 7.0 was released earlier this month, OS X Lion was set as the minimum requirement. My intent was to support Snow Leopard, however I encountered some stability issues when I moved to the Cocoa framework. Moving from a Carbon base was necessary for Retina display support. I chose to release version 7 with the Lion requirement while I worked to resolve the stability issues with Snow Leopard.
I am pleased to say that, in addition to featuring the latest iMacs, version 7.0.1 restores Snow Leopard support. Thank you for your patience.