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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

sudo rm /var/log/asl.db

sudo launchctl start

Your system should settle down to normal. For more information, follow the link.

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A PowerBook for Tiny Fingers

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A PowerBook for Tiny Fingers -- Apple and IBM officially introduced the PowerBook 2400c last week, filling the sub-notebook category left vacant by the discontinued Duo line. The machine runs on a 180 MHz 603e PowerPC processor with a 256K Level 2 cache, and supports a 10.4-inch active-matrix color display. Weighing only 4.4 pounds and smaller than notebook-sized paper, the 2400c should be a relief for travelers burdened by shoulder-straining loads of equipment. Some concessions Apple made in the 2400's size are a smaller keyboard (originally designed for the Japanese market, where hunt-and-peck typing in Kanji is more common than touch typing in English) and a lack of an internal floppy drive. Prices should start around $3,500; units will start shipping in Japan at the end of the month, and are expected be available in the United States at the end of July. [JLC]

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