MRJ 2.1.1 Available -- Apple Computer has released version 2.1.1 of Macintosh Runtime for Java, a quick followup to last. month's MRJ 2.1. (See "MRJ 2.1 Runs Faster, Works with Explorer" in TidBITS-467.) MRJ 2.1.1 complies with Sun's Java 1.1.7 specification, offers better support for loading applets through proxy servers or firewalls, supports installation on localized versions of the Mac OS, and works with Java applications available from Yahoo Games. MRJ 2.1.1 requires a PowerPC-based Mac with at least 32 MB of RAM and Mac OS 7.6.1 or later. QuickTime 3.0 is also helpful. MRJ 2.1.1 is a 7.8 MB download in MacBinary format. [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.