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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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SpeechPrompter

As a gift for the public speaker or lecturer - including any businessman, academic, or scientist who goes to meetings - think of SpeechPrompter. It's a software program that emulates a teleprompter on a laptop computer and allows the user to show graphics such as slides and movies to the audience while the speech scrolls for the speaker. The program is available both for Mac and for Windows, and it can save a bundle on making 35 mm slides. SpeechPrompter lists for $89.95 and can be ordered via the Web. [Al Feldzamen <bpill@swva.net>]

<http://www.the-orator.com/>

Nisus Writer and a Newton

For my sister - a fellow Mac user - I'm getting the new Nisus Writer 5.0 (and I'm looking forward to seeing it in action too!). Me? I wish someone would get me a Newton MessagePad 2000 when they finally appear, hopefully bundled with a Newton version of FileMaker Pro. [Ala'a H. Jawad <aljawad@kuwait.net>]

<http://www.nisus-soft.com/5.0_features.html>

Zip and Jaz Drives

The best gift for 1996 remains the Zip drive - it's affordable, easily installable, and comes with back-up software that every Mac aficionado ought to run on a regular basis. For those on your gift list who already own a Zip drive, then a gift set of cartridges would be indeed be appreciated. Of course, if someone wants to give me a gift, I'd love a Jaz drive. [<glantz@pcbuoa.enet.dec.com>]

<http://www.iomega.com/>

Cyberian Outpost is offering TidBITS readers deals on the Zip drive ($189.95, $5 off, and there's a $50 rebate), the Jaz drive ($489.95, $8 off), and single Jaz disks ($117.95, $5 off) via the URLs below.

<http://www.tidbits.com/products/zip-drive.html>
<http://www.tidbits.com/products/jaz-drive.html>
<http://www.tidbits.com/products/jaz-disk.html>

 

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