Iomega Recalls Jaz Power Supplies -- Iomega Corporation is voluntarily recalling 60,000 power supplies which shipped with some external 2 GB Jaz drives and remanufactured external 1 GB Jaz drives purchased since 31-Aug-98. Essentially, some power supplies lack safety seals along the sides of their cases; without the seals, the cases may separate, exposing internal components and creating a risk of electric shock. Complete details of the recall program and how to determine whether your power supply is affected are available from Iomega's Web site. Jaz owners can request an exchange online or call Iomega's exchange hotline at 800/781-3296. Iomega will replace defective power supplies and provide pre-paid return packaging. According to Iomega, no one has been injured by these defective power supplies. [GD]
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.