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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: Win a Copy of Art Text 2.4.6

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Want to whip up a quick logo, button, or app icon for a document or presentation? A professional designer would be overkill, as would something like Adobe Photoshop, at least for most of us. You might think that you could whip up something in Microsoft Word or iWork, but their limited graphics tools just aren’t designed for creating standalone artwork. Instead, look to Art Text from BeLight Software for an inexpensive and fun way to create vector drawings and stylized text quickly and easily.

If you’d like to win one of ten free copies of Art Text 2.4.6 (a $19.99 value), enter at the DealBITS page before 17 February 2014.

The quickest way to get started with Art Text is to pick a template from its generous Template Gallery, which offers a number of sample headings, buttons, icons, and logos. They’re as much for giving you ideas as anything else, but I’ve seen plenty of icons and logos that aren’t as well done as Art Text’s samples.


One you pick a template that’s similar to what you want, you can customize background color, shadows, and icons, and it’s a ton of fun to play around with the various options. You can use Art Text as sort of a WordArt on steroids or even use it to design iOS icons. I had a bit of a laugh designing a couple of my own superhero icons. To see what other kinds of things are possible with Art Text, check out BeLight’s overview page.

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Intrigued? If you want to win one of ten copies of Art Text 2.4.6, which normally sells for $19.99, enter at the DealBITS page before 17 February 2014. All information gathered is covered by our comprehensive privacy policy.

 

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Comments about DealBITS Drawing: Win a Copy of Art Text 2.4.6
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David Price  An apple icon for a TidBITS Supporter 2014-02-12 04:36
ArtText is so cool. I use it to write captions for slideshows, then paste it over the images... looks like a really cool font when superimposed but it's really a graphic. Very easy to use and the effects are amazing.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2014-02-12 05:05
That's a great use - have to try that next time I do a slideshow that's more than ad hoc.
David Price  An apple icon for a TidBITS Supporter 2014-02-18 16:22
Here's a slideshow where the captions were done with ArtText: https://vimeo.com/11592468
Andrew James  2014-02-24 19:03
Hi David, this is a bit off topic but took a look at your video and was wondering if you give me a tip about how to do the tracking on the globe bit?