Signed TidBITS T-Shirt Charity Auction -- At Macworld Expo 2002 in San Francisco, I donated a signed TidBITS t-shirt to the World Without Borders folks to auction off for their charity Mac-A-Wish Foundation. It aims to provide Macintosh hardware and software to ill children to help them communicate with the outside world and continue their educations when they can't attend school. World Without Borders has now put the t-shirt up on eBay for auction, ending on 20-Mar-02, and all proceeds will go to their Mac-A-Wish Foundation (not yet an IRS-recognized non-profit). Of course, if you have old hardware or software you'd like to donate to the cause, contact World Without Borders to coordinate your gift. [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.