Peter Lewis of Stairways Software has released Keyboard Maestro 6.4.3, a small update that solves a problem with the macro editor eating too many CPU cycles — especially with Google Chrome actions. The release now updates only visible actions in the editor window, and it fixes incorrect text in the non-edit mode display of Quit/Hide Applications. ($36 new with a 20 percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 24.8 MB, release notes, 10.8+)
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.
Keyboard Maestro 6.4.3
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as “Tx” for “TextExpander”. With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and