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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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Apple Sells 4 Million Units of the iPhone 4S

The iPhone 4S is a ridiculous hit right out of the gate, despite widespread press coverage of anecdotal disappointment that it wasn’t an iPhone 5. Apple sold 4 million of the new model in the first three days of sales. Also, 25 million users upgraded to iOS 5 and 20 million iCloud accounts were set up.Show full article

Add AppleCare+ Through 14 November 2011

If you weren’t offered AppleCare+ when you bought your new iPhone 4S, never fear, it’s available through 14 November 2011. But after that point, you’ll need to buy it at the same time as the iPhone, or perhaps within 24 hours of activation.Show full article

BusyCal 1.6 and the iCloud Transition

For those BusyCal users making the move to iCloud, BusyMac has a free upgrade and some essential advice on how to proceed.Show full article

Meanwhile, Back at the Lion Ranch…

Things have been so busy since Apple released iCloud, iOS 5, and a new iPhone last week, you may have forgotten that the company also updated Lion. Here’s a quick look at the major changes wrought by Mac OS X 10.7.2.Show full article

Secrets of iOS 5

iOS 5 is a large update, which means there are changes or improvements that fly under the radar for most people. Here are some of our favorites.Show full article

iPhone 4S: A Very Palpable Hit

A number of reviewers have now wrapped their hands around the latest of Apple’s iPhones (without, it should be noted, causing antenna reception problems), and the consensus is that the iPhone 4S is a worthy update. Ask Siri if you should be surprised.Show full article

How iOS 5 Will Affect Developers — and You

Changes in iOS that expand the toolbox for developers will also affect what you see on the screen. Here are some examples of what might be coming in iOS 5.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 17 October 2011

Notable software releases this week include iPhoto ’11 9.2, Aperture 3.2, Safari 5.1.1 (Snow Leopard), Security Update 2011-006 (Snow Leopard and Snow Leopard Server), Lion Recovery Update, GraphicConverter 7.4, and Sparrow 1.4.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 17 October 2011

Steve Jobs wasn’t the only industry giant to pass away the first week in October — we also note the passing of Dennis Ritchie, father of the C programming language and co-creator of the Unix operating system. Plus, we direct you to an important article by Instapaper developer Marco Arment, pointing out a potentially serious failing of iOS 5.Show full article

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