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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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DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.7.5

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DEVONtechnologies has updated all three versions of DEVONthink (Personal, Pro, and Pro Office) and DEVONnote to version 2.7.5, with added support for MultiMarkdown syntax. All three editions of DEVONthink and DEVONnote receive improved tagging capabilities, with tags from OS X 10.9 Mavericks receiving higher priority than OpenMeta tags. DEVONthink also improves the restoration of workspaces and window handling after restoring a backup, speeds up indexing of HTML pages, fixes an issue with searching in found PDF documents, and improves the German localization. DEVONthink Pro and Pro Office now display the progress of loading multiple databases at startup and add support for RSS feeds containing HTML code in the author field. DEVONthink Pro Office’s mobile Web interface now displays Markdown files, and dragging multiple messages from Apple Mail now retains the received/sent dates and the unread status. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new, release notes; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new, release notes; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new, release notes; DEVONnote, $24.95 new, release notes; 25 percent discount for TidBITS members on DEVONnote and all editions of DEVONthink. 10.6.8+)

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

DEVONthink 2 offers a slew of features for defeating information overload, but mastering its power is easier with real-world advice from DEVONthink power-user Joe Kissell. He helps you understand what DEVONthink can do for you, the best ways to put information into DEVONthink, and how to organize it so you can find it later.

 

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