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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

 
 

Macworld Expo Boston 2005 Events

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Macworld Expo in Boston happens this week from 12-Jul-05 through 14-Jul-05 in the Hynes Convention Center, marking the second East Coast show that will not include Apple Computer as an exhibitor. The exhibitor list is once again a bit sparse, with about 50 to 60 vendors currently listed, so it shouldn't be a problem to see the entire show floor fairly quickly. Interestingly, IDG World Expo has tweaked the show hours this year, so the doors open at 11 AM Tuesday and Wednesday and close at 7 PM; Thursday runs from 10 AM through 3 PM. Hopefully the later closing hour the first two days will make it easier for Boston residents to stop by after work.

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I'm not aware of any public after-hours events associated with the show, but Tonya and I will be attending and would love to say hello to any TidBITS readers who make it to the show. Here's a cheat sheet to where you can find us:

  • Tuesday, 12-Jul-05 brings another episode of the MacBrainiac Challenge, in which the "Intel Aside" team of Andy Ihnatko, Dan Frakes, Rich Siegel, and I attempt to defend our title against the Smart Folders: Jason Snell, Jim Dalrymple, Rob Griffiths, and Rick LePage. The MacBrainiac Challenge is a live quiz show, moderated by the estimable Chris Breen, and it has been huge fun in previous years. If you're around at 12:45 PM and have an hour to kill, don't miss it. Then, at 3:00 PM, I'll be talking about iPhoto, wireless networking, and Tiger at the Peachpit Press booth (#202).

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  • Wednesday, 13-Jul-05 will be a long day. At 11:15 AM, I'll be giving my "Inside iPhoto 5" talk in the Users Conference. Then, from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Macworld Speakers booth (#433), Tonya and I will be answering questions about TidBITS and Take Control, signing books, and generally chatting about the show. Then, at 6:00 PM, I'll be talking to the Boston Macintosh User Group in room 106 of the Hynes Convention Center, probably about iPhoto, wireless network security, and Take Control.

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If you're sensing a pattern of what I'm talking about, that's just what I have prepared, and I'm happy in the general sessions to veer off onto any topic you like, so please bring your questions and feedback about our work. See you next week, and for those not attending, note that my email responsiveness will be minimal the entire week.

 

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