Thoughtful, detailed coverage of the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, plus the best-selling Take Control ebooks.

 

 

Pick an apple! 
 
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

 
 
Previous: TidBITS 1053 Next: TidBITS 1055

“Take Control of Your Paperless Office” Reduces Pulp Friction

Joe Kissell’s latest Take Control ebook provides practical techniques and useful tips for how to cut back on paper clutter and chaos.Show full article

Find My iPhone Now Free for Owners of Newest iOS Devices

Find My iPhone is now free for owners of the latest devices with iOS 4.2 installed. The theft-recovery and lost-device service was previously available only for paid subscribers to MobileMe.Show full article

Google Voice App Appears at Long Last

The long-delayed, but never rejected, Google Voice app is now available in the App Store for free. The app’s time in purgatory caused Apple and AT&T plenty of headaches. It’s a nice addition to the collection of calling service-related apps for the iPhone.Show full article

AT&T Staff Confused on Grandfathered Unlimited Data

AT&T customer support offers confusing, and apparently incorrect, guidance on the continuing availability of unlimited data plans for those who haven’t changed service since June.Show full article

The Beatles Come to iTunes (Finally!)

After seven years, The Beatles have finally come to the iTunes Store. Unless you’re replacing worn-out LPs or cassettes, this is probably an excuse mostly to watch the video of The Beatles’ first live concert in the United States.Show full article

Nexaira Wi-Fi Router Shares iPhone’s Tethered Connection

An update to the Nexaira BC2 cellular router can share an iPhone’s tethered 3G data connection via USB without jailbreaking the phone. It’s only slightly more costly than a MiFi, but isn’t battery powered.Show full article

Data Robotics Ships Drobo S with USB 3.0

An updated version of the popular Drobo multi-drive storage device adds a high-speed USB 3.0 port. Data Robotics also announced the release of Drobo Sync software for automatic backup of DroboPro FS devices.Show full article

BeLight Software Sponsoring TidBITS

We’re pleased to welcome a new TidBITS sponsor, BeLight Software, makers of a wide variety of targeted graphics and publishing software exclusively for the Mac.Show full article

iPhone App Roots Out Mobile Coverage Details

The new RootMetrics app tests local mobile coverage details and adds your results to their big picture of the mobile landscape.Show full article

What’s New for the iPad in iOS 4.2.1

Upgrading your iPad to iOS 4.2.1? Here’s a look at what the new features mean to you, especially if you haven’t already been enjoying many of the general iOS 4 features on an iPhone or iPod touch.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 29 November 2010

Notable software releases over the last two weeks include BusyCal 1.5, GraphicConverter 7.0.2, EagleFiler 1.5, Adobe Reader/Acrobat Pro 9.4.1, Safari 5.0.3 and Safari 4.1.3, Boot Camp Software Update 3.2 for Windows, MacBook/MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 2.0, QuarkXPress 8.5, Typinator 4.2, PDFpen/PDFpen Pro 5.0.3, DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.0.6, and Yojimbo 3.0.1.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 29 November 2010

We’ve been paying attention to the world of online streaming, with new plans from Netflix and Hulu, along with office productivity applications, where we found benchmarks of Microsoft Office 2011 and news that Google Docs documents are now editable on iOS devices. Plus, there are more options for putting an iPod nano on your wrist, and some of our staffers offer holiday gift ideas in a recent MacJury holiday gift guide podcast.Show full article

Show the full text of all articles