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

sudo rm /var/log/asl.db

sudo launchctl start

Your system should settle down to normal. For more information, follow the link.

Visit Discussion of syslogd problem at Smarticus

Previous: TidBITS 1127 Next: TidBITS 1129

Let’s Sing Connects People by Voice

A new app from friends-of-TidBITS Lex Friedman and Marco Tabini lets you sing, hum, and whistle to give a partner the clues to guess a song. It has elements of karaoke, Pictionary, and Draw Something, but more charm than all three.Show full article

“Take Control of Your 802.11n AirPort Network” Updated

The latest version of Glenn Fleishman’s “Take Control of Your 802.11n AirPort Network, Third Edition” is completely updated for AirPort Utility 6 and AirPort Utility for iOS.Show full article

“Take Control of iBooks Author” Teaches Multi-Touch Book Creation

Michael E. Cohen’s new “Take Control of iBooks Author” provides comprehensive documentation of not just how to use Apple’s free iBooks Author software to make a Multi-Touch book, but also how to plan for the project and publish it when finished. And read on, since we also have a free Multi-Touch “Take Control of Getting Ready for iBooks Author” book for iPad owners to check out.Show full article

Lion Zombie Document Mystery Solved

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion keeps bringing Matt Neuburg’s documents back from the dead, even though he has told it not to. He has finally figured out why, and if you read on, you’ll understand why too.Show full article

Hammerhead Capo Case Protects iPad without Much Bulk

If you’re looking to protect a third-generation iPad or iPad 2, Hammerhead’s Capo Case is a sturdy, relatively slim full-body case. In the process of using it, Jeff Carlson discovers the price of protection.Show full article

Facebook Tests “Highlight” Feature on Kiwis

Facebook users can now pay to highlight their posts, but only if they live in New Zealand. Show full article

Killer Zombie Attacks via Google News

TidBITS was repeatedly beset by server-crushing loads whenever our links appeared on Google News, but our Web traffic reports showed no actual access. The answer? Zombies!Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 4 June 2012

Notable software releases during the last two weeks include QuarkXPress 9.3, OmniFocus 1.10.2, App Tamer 1.3, Fantastical 1.3, Typinator 5.1, Aperture 3.2.4, Coda 2.0, Cobook 1.0, Screenflow 3.0.6, and Keyboard Maestro 5.3.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 4 June 2012

Two quick bits for you this week: an NPR radio host who is putting all his trust (and 25,000 songs) in iTunes Match, and a look back at the much-loved HyperCard.Show full article

Show the full text of all articles