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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.

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Entourage Gets Exchange Support

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Entourage Gets Exchange Support -- In a move to welcome Macs into mixed computing environments, Microsoft has updated Entourage X to work with a Microsoft Exchange Server. In addition to the email and calendar features that Entourage already supports, the update makes it possible to view and schedule Exchange meetings, synchronize your calendar with the server, and look up email addresses in the server's global address list. These improvements are part of a larger Office X 10.1.4 Update, which also provides small updates to address stability issues in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Before you install the latest update, check to make sure you've installed Microsoft's Office X 10.1.2 Update, which grouped together several previous patches and security updates. (Since I had installed those earlier updates, I never bothered to apply the full Office X 10.1.2 Update. However, the installer for the 10.1.4 update wouldn't work until I applied the full 10.1.2 update, a 14.6 MB download.) To further muddy the version number waters, you do not need to install the earlier Office X 10.1.3 Update (which tweaked the Italian Spelling Tool and French Proofing Tools) in order to upgrade to version 10.1.4. The Office X 10.1.4 Update is a free 28.6 MB download. [JLC]

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