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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

 
 

Scrivener 2.4

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Literature & Latte has released Scrivener 2.4 with an abundance of refinements and fixes for the word processor that’s focused on long-form writing projects. (To learn how to use Scrivener to write scripts, novels, academic works, and more, check out Kirk McElhearn’s “Take Control of Scrivener 2.”) The update adds support for Retina displays, separate global and project-based compile presets, an option to include a standard Adobe Digital Editions page template when compiling (this can be unchecked to avoid errors with its inclusion in files destined for iTunes Producer), an option to start Kindle books after the front matter (or at the very first page if left unchecked), support for the Fountain screenplay syntax, support for dragging Scapple notes into Scrivener’s freeform corkboard mode, and larger text fields for the Find and Project Replace panels that also display invisible characters. The list of fixed bugs include a critical data-loss issue where edits made in scrivenings mode could fail to save if the project had been open for more than two days, a crash that occurred after creating a new project and immediately applying a layout, and a problem with the sandboxed Mac App Store version where projects couldn’t be saved as templates.

Scrivener 2.4 is available in two versions from the Literature & Latte Web site’s downloads page — one for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and later (also available from the Mac App Store) and one for 10.5 Leopard and 10.4 Tiger. As of this writing, Scrivener is still stuck at version 2.3.1 at the Mac App Store. However, you can download the demo from the Literature & Latte site and replace the Mac App Store version on your system, where the demo will run as though it were registered normally. ($45 new from Literature & Latte and the Mac App Store, free update, 35.7 MB (31.4 MB for the 10.4/10.5 version), release notes)

Check out the Take Control ebooks that expand on the topic in this article:

Compose a masterpiece with Literature & Latte's Scrivener. Whether you're writing science fiction, a historical novel, or a zombie travelogue, learn how Scrivener's powerful tools can take your work to the next level. Kirk McElhearn shows you how to collect notes, organize your work, arrange and rearrange sections, and more.

 

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