Bare Bones Releases BBEdit 7.0 -- One wouldn't expect to make a big deal out of a text editor, yet we've run across people who think the Finder is nothing more than an obstacle to launching BBEdit. Bare Bones Software has updated its flagship application to version 7.0, incorporating a number of improvements such as making it easier to work on files from multiple Web sites, support for editing rectangular regions of text, Quartz text smoothing, a Paste Previous Clipboard command, and more. A full version of BBEdit 7.0 costs $180; owners of BBEdit Lite, Adobe GoLive, or Macromedia Dreamweaver can cross-upgrade for $120. Those upgrading from earlier versions can pay $50 until 31-Dec-02, or $60 after 01-Jan-03 if you're running BBEdit 6.1 or earlier (BBEdit 6.5 owners retain the $50 pricing going into 2003). If you happened to purchase and register BBEdit 6.5 on or after 01-Sep-02, disregard the previous details and expect your free upgrade within the next two to three weeks. [JLC]
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.
- BBEdit 7.0.1 Available (25 Nov 02)