TidBITS Moves Up in Best of Mac Web Survey -- In the Low End Mac Web site's third Best of the Mac Web survey, TidBITS moved up from 5th to 3rd in user ratings. As with the last time, we came in behind VersionTracker and As the Apple Turns, but in this installment of the survey, we managed to move past MacSurfer's Headline News and MacFixIt, which fell to 10th place (Low End Mac speculated the drop may be due to MacFixIt's new subscription model). Other notable changes include the rise of the Mac Minute news site from 11th to 6th place, and the drop of The Mac Show from 15th to 50th after the loss of Shawn King, whose new Your Mac Life radio show ranked 18th. Although the Best of the Mac Web survey is an unabashed popularity contest, the more times it occurs, the more the changes from one survey to another prove interesting. Thanks to all of you who voted in this installment of the survey! [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.
TidBITS Moves Up in Best of Mac Web Survey
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