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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.

Visit Discussion of syslogd problem at Smarticus

 
 

Apple Offers One-on-One Email Support for .Mac Services

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Apple Offers One-on-One Email Support for .Mac Services -- On 03-May-04 Apple started offering direct email support for .Mac service questions, a switch from providing support only via discussion forum responses. Previously, if you experienced any problems with .Mac email, using iSync with .Mac, or other issues, your only method of receiving an answer or advice was to post your question on Apple's .Mac discussion board. Now, Apple offers direct support for .Mac email, iDisk, HomePage, Backup, and Virex, as well as using various applications like iPhoto or iSync with .Mac. Apple also offers a link for account questions.

<http://www.apple.com/support/dotmac/>

The top of each section lists FAQs and links to demonstration movies of using the service. Scroll to the bottom, and you'll find a form that promises a response as soon as within 24 hours. Direct email support finally fulfills one of our ongoing complaints about .Mac: for $100 a year, Apple should meet the standards of an inexpensive ISP. [GF]

 

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