Apple has released HyperCard 2.4.1, a minor update to its long-lived authoring and scripting tool. HyperCard 2.4.1 fixes problems when using HyperCard with drives larger than 2 GB, and removes the persistent display of the "Get QuickTime Pro" movie when using HyperCard 2.4 with QuickTime 3.0. (HyperCard 2.4 was released under Apple's original, poorly-received QuickTime 3.0 licensing terms; see "Apple Releases HyperCard 2.4" in TidBITS 427 and "Apple Revises QuickTime 3 Licensing" in TidBITS 430.) HyperCard 2.4.1 is available for $99 via the Apple Store; owners of HyperCard 2.3, 2.3.5, and 2.4 can download a free 5.2 MB update from Apple. HyperCard Player 2.4.1 (1.6 MB) is also available.
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.
- Apple Releases HyperCard 2.4 (27 Apr 98)