Poll Results: I Go, You Go, We All Go Expo -- Macworld Expo in New York City starts this week, but the results of last week's poll indicate most of you probably won't be there. Fully 50 percent of the respondents said they have never attended a Macworld Expo, and 22 percent attend less than once per year. Conversely, on average 24 percent of respondents attend a Macworld Expo once per year, 2 percent attend Macworld Expos twice per year, and a vanishing 1 percent go more than twice per year. The poll results prompted discussion on TidBITS Talk about why people don't attend (mostly due to travel, although half of the pre-registered Macworld attendees come from outside New York) and wondering about the utility of a show like Macworld Expo in this age of the Internet. [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.