Matias Sponsoring TidBITS -- We're pleased to announce our latest long-term sponsor, Matias Corporation, makers of the Tactile Pro Keyboard, and the Laptop Armor and iPod Armor hardshell cases. Matias first caught our attention back in 2001 with their Half Keyboard, an unusual halved QWERTY keyboard that used the spacebar as a modifier key to access the missing keys. Although neat enough to warrant mention in consecutive Macworld Superlatives articles, the Half Keyboard was attractive primarily in very specific situations (such as when portable data entry to a Palm OS handheld was necessary), and it's great to see Matias devoting their design sensibility to more mainstream products like the Tactile Pro Keyboard and the two hardshell cases. We've been impressed both with Matias's products and the company itself, so we couldn't be happier to include Matias among our select group of sponsors. [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.