Connectix Updates Virtual PC to 2.1 -- Connectix Corporation last week released an updater to Virtual PC, adding a handful of features and fixing minor bugs and compatibility issues. The new version adds support for Voodoo2 graphics and Windows NT, the capability to choose between multiple installed Ethernet devices, support for hot-swapping PowerBook drives, improved compatibility with RAM Doubler and virtual memory, and improved video compatibility. Owners of Virtual PC 2.0 or 2.0.1 can jump to 2.1 for free by downloading the 1.7 MB updater. [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.