StuffIt Deluxe 5.0 Announced -- Aladdin Systems has announced StuffIt Deluxe 5.0, a major release of their popular compression program. StuffIt Deluxe 5.0's main new feature is a new compression format that's 20 percent smaller and provides compatibility with Windows. Also included in StuffIt Deluxe 5.0 are support for MacBinary III, compatibility with Mac OS 8.5, additional "Archive Via Rename" functionality for .hqx and .bin, fast conversion of self-extracting archives to StuffIt archives, and new support for Outlook Express and Mailsmith in the "Stuff and Mail" feature. Aladdin expects to ship StuffIt Deluxe 5.0 by the end of October for an estimated street price of $79.95; user group pricing will be $49.95. Existing StuffIt Deluxe and DropStuff owners - plus owners of AutoDoubler, DiskDoubler and the Eudora Productivity Toolkit - can upgrade to StuffIt Deluxe 5.0 for $29.95 through 31-Mar-99 with proof of purchase (such as your Aladdin registration number, or by faxing a photocopy of a receipt, manual, or disk to Customer Service at 831/761-6206). StuffIt Deluxe requires a 68020 Mac or later with 8 MB of RAM and System 7.5.3 or later. [ACE]
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.