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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.

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Macintosh Columnist Don Crabb Dies

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Macintosh Columnist Don Crabb Dies -- Prolific Macintosh columnist Don Crabb has died at age 44 after having been hospitalized since December with a disease of the pancreas. Movie critic Roger Ebert chose the best words when he described Don as "a big man with boundless energy" in a Chicago Sun-Times obituary. Don's energy enabled him to accomplish a great deal - at the University of Chicago, he served as associate director of graduate and undergraduate computer science, director of instructional laboratories, and a senior lecturer. In his non-academic life, Don wrote for numerous Macintosh publications and Web sites, hosted a Chicago radio show, and appeared regularly on other radio and television shows. We'll all miss him. [ACE]

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