AOL for Mac OS X -- America Online has released America Online for Mac OS X, a native version of the client software used to access AOL's proprietary online services. AOL for Mac OS X features a new interface built on Aqua, and integrates support for QuickTime 6, Apple's forthcoming iChat instant messaging software, and new Web browsing software using Netscape's Gecko HTML engine. AOL for Mac OS X also enables users to access their Favorite Places, email, Buddy Lists, and Address Books from any computer. The software requires Mac OS X 10.1 or higher and either a modem or Internet access; it's free to current AOL members. [GD]
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.