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.
The sad news that just broke is that Steve Jobs is taking another medical leave of absence from Apple, with COO Tim Cook once again taking over day-to-day operations. This comes after last week’s major announcement that Verizon Wireless will start selling the iPhone 4 as of February 2011, and the only slightly less major announcement of the fifth edition of our best-selling ebook, Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Mac OS X Backups.” Also this week, we share details of our appearances at Macworld Expo, and for consultants attending the show, recommend a side trip to MacTech Boot Camp. So you don’t feel that you missed out, our roving correspondent Jeff Porten reports back on the most interesting products and technologies he saw at CES 2011 in Las Vegas. Finally, it was a slow week in software, with notable releases this week including only Audio Hijack Pro 2.9.9 and Typinator 4.3.
Steve Jobs has announced that he is taking a medical leave of absence to focus on his health. Tim Cook will manage day-to-day operations at Apple in the interim, as he has done in the past.Show full article
If you’re a consultant planning on attending Macworld Expo, don’t miss the MacTech Boot Camp the day before.Show full article
If you want to label optical discs, either just to keep track of their contents or for decorative purposes, check out BeLight Software’s Disc Cover. Enter to win a copy in this week’s DealBITS drawing!Show full article
Joe Kissell takes control of the changing backup landscape with the fifth edition of his comprehensive ebook that teaches readers how to create a reliable backup strategy.Show full article
Come find us at Macworld Expo in San Francisco with this handy list of our appearances!Show full article
Verizon Wireless will sell a CDMA version of the iPhone 4 starting in February 2010. It’s the same iPhone 4 we already know, other than supporting a different cellular network standard and including an option to act as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot for up to five other devices.Show full article
Jeff Porten braved the miles of vendors at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to report on items of interest to Mac users (and score some discount codes for TidBITS readers in the process).Show full article
Notable software releases this week include Audio Hijack Pro 2.9.9 and Typinator 4.3.Show full article
We have bit more reading for you to sink your teeth into this week, with news of the iPad coming to Verizon Wireless, AT&T considering a mobile hotspot feature, and the price of the iPhone 3GS dropping. Also, check out Glenn Fleishman’s exhausting (er, exhaustive) review of 11 iPhone navigation apps for Macworld and Adam’s virtual MUG meeting for MacVoices TV.Show full article