MindVision Updates to MindControl 1.1 -- MindVision Software has released MindControl 1.1, a more polished version of their command-line launch utility for the Mac (see our write-up of it in "Macworld Expo SF 2000 Superlatives" in TidBITS-513). MindControl 1.1 is better about keeping file paths up to date, provides access to enclosing folders, has a quick reference guide, can show items from your Favorites folder, now provides some mouse control, and offers a translucent interface appearance. Although we've found MindControl useful, especially on laptops where trackpad use can be difficult at times, MindControl 1.1 doesn't offer features that could be extremely welcome, such as providing a keyboard-based search of the hard disk (type "? somefile" to search for "somefile"), extending such a search to Web search engines (type "google Gettysburg Address" to search for a copy of the Gettysburg Address in Google), or providing a different activation hotkey that would send the typed word to your default Web browser (rather than making you switch to the Web browser first). Perhaps MindControl 2.0 will offer such enhancements. The update to MindControl 1.1 is a 486K download and is free to registered users; new copies cost $20. [ACE]
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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.
- Macworld Expo SF 2000 Superlatives (17 Jan 00)