Two recent announcements show Apple taking steps to improve sales. Yesterday, an Apple press release noted that Apple has increased its emphasis on two of its U.S. distributors: Ingram Micro and Micro Age. (Detailed coverage in the San Jose Mercury News notes that Apple has also significantly decreased commitments to three other U.S. distributors.) We can only speculate on the behind-the-scenes negotiations that went on, but the upshot may be better inventory management, a problem that has plagued Apple for years. The second announcement particularly interests us. CompUSA has agreed to set up special Apple areas in its superstores to showcase Apple's new Think Different campaign. CompUSA plans to outfit forty stores in time for the holiday shopping rush and phase in remaining stores later. Given the negative coverage we published in TidBITS 368 and TidBITS 369 about Mac sales in superstores, we're pleased to see efforts to improve the situation and hope that CompUSA sales people are given attractive incentives to sell Apple products.
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.
- Front Lines Follow-up (10 Mar 97)
Apple Takes Steps to Increase Sales
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