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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

sudo rm /var/log/asl.db

sudo launchctl start

Your system should settle down to normal. For more information, follow the link.

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Universal Shake 4.1 Drops in Price

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Universal Shake 4.1 Drops in Price -- The latest Apple program to be released as a universal binary for native performance on Intel-based Macs is Shake 4.1, Apple's high-end video composition software used in many Hollywood productions. However, the more interesting news is that Apple slashed the price, from $3,000 to $500 (yes, the number of zeroes on those figures is correct). Rather than aiming solely for special-effects houses, the company is positioning Shake as an extension to Final Cut Studio. As Mike Curtis (who has extensive post-production experience) points out at his HD for Indies blog, however, Shake is not the sort of friendly application that average users are likely to pick up quickly; the price cut may indicate that Apple is moving on to Shake's successor, a possibility bolstered by the fact that Apple also announced that it is no longer selling the Apple Maintenance Program for Shake. Current owners of Shake 4 can upgrade to version 4.1 for $50. [JLC]

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