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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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DealBITS Drawing: Midnight Mansion

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I've become more interested in retro games of late, so I was intrigued when Vern Jensen of ActionSoft asked about doing a DealBITS drawing for his Midnight Mansion game. It's an explore-a-world kind of game in which you navigate your Indiana Jones-like character over obstacles and past the nasties in an attempt to gather treasure - if you enjoyed playing Dark Castle or Prince of Persia, you'll like Midnight Mansion. The graphics are colorful, cartoonish, and kid-friendly, though they won't be taxing your graphics card, and the sound is well-done. In my initial testing, I especially liked the tutorial mode in which signs within the game itself teaches the basics; with other games, I've sometimes found it difficult to pick up basic gameplay before I feel the need to get back to work.

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