The cartoon Mighty Mouse may have had a tail, but Apple has taken the carving knife to their Mighty Mouse's tail, replacing its USB cable with wireless connectivity via Bluetooth 2.0. Physically, the wireless Mighty Mouse is essentially the same as its cabled predecessor (other than the lack of a cable, of course), with up to four buttons that can be programmed independently: a pair of touch sensors on the upper right and left sides of the mouse, a multi-directional Scroll Ball that can also be pressed, and sensors that generate an action when the user squeezes the sides of the mouse. It runs on either one or two AA batteries, automatically switches to a low-power mode during periods of inactivity, and includes an off switch to eliminate battery drain when not in use. Apple isn't making any battery life claims at this point. The wireless Mighty Mouse is available immediately for $70; it requires Mac OS X 10.4.6 or later to customize the button actions. The wired Mighty Mouse remains available for $50, and as Apple somewhat oddly points out, works with PCs using Windows 2000 or Windows XP.
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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