Conflict Catcher Boosted to 4.1 -- Launching a preemptive strike against Mac OS 8.1 incompatibilities, Casady & Greene has updated Conflict Catcher to version 4.1 (See Adam's review, "Conflict Catcher 4.0 Ups the Ante," in TidBITS-393). Previous versions of the powerful extension manager and troubleshooting utility will not work at all under Mac OS 8.1. The update includes several advances, including improved support for Apple's Appearance Manager, more flexible Group Links, and enhanced options for listing and displaying startup files. The 871K update is free to users of Conflict Catcher 4.x; owners of previous versions can upgrade for $29.95 (plus shipping and handling). The update is available from either of the last two URLs below. [JLC]
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.