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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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While we're waiting for the Web Crossing programmers to figure out how to let us eliminate HTML formatting from messages in TidBITS Talk, note that some of the messages in our existing archive are a bit more difficult to read because of the HTML tags. You may wish instead to read these threads in Web Crossing itself, where the HTML formatting is handled behind the scenes. You can see all the TidBITS Talk threads at the link below; the second link below each thread description takes you directly to that thread in Web Crossing. Although we've put absolutely no effort into making the Web Crossing archive look the way we want yet (so no snarky comments, please), you'll find that it's a lot faster than our old archive.

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Tactile Pro Keyboard -- Adam's review of the Matias Tactile Pro Keyboard sparked a lot of comment (and reminiscences of truly terrible keyboards of the past), demonstrating that Apple's mushy offerings leave much to be desired. (40 messages)

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Fixing keyboards -- On a related note, what are the best techniques for cleaning and repairing keyboards? (6 messages)

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Setting up a Mac OS X VPN -- Advice on setting up a virtual private network under Mac OS X. (3 messages)

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