Casady & Greene Shuts Down -- Casady & Greene, one of the oldest companies in the Macintosh market, is shutting down after 19 years, according to Bonnie Mitchell, Casady & Greene's VP of Public Relations. Full details weren't available at press time, but it appears as though Casady & Greene simply couldn't remain financially viable. Although the company had released a number of Mac OS X products this year, including Spell Catcher X, Tri-Catalog, Clone X, and iData Pro (see "The Digital Shoebox: iData Pro X 1.0.5 in TidBITS-675), revenues weren't sufficient to keep the doors open or to pay some of its contract programmers. None of Casady & Greene's current products have the same broad appeal as Conflict Catcher (which never made it to Mac OS X) or SoundJam, which became the basis for Apple's iTunes, and the transition to Mac OS X proved particularly problematic for the company. [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.