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.
Curious about bandwidth? This week Adam looks at The Race for Bandwidth, a new book he edited for the late Cary Lu. Those installing Ethernet networks should read on for useful details and resources to add to last week's Ethernet primer. News this week includes a Macintosh mailing list database, USB devices from Keyspan, and Aladdin's Desktop Magician, plus upgrades for FileMaker 4.1, Web Confidential 1.0.2, Virtual PC 2.1.1, and Norton Utilities 4.0.
FileMaker Pro 4.1 Does ODBC for a Price -- FileMaker, Inc. has shipped FileMaker Pro 4.1 for Macintosh and Windows, the latest version of its flagship database productShow full article
Web Confidential 1.0.2 Released -- Alco Blom has released a new version of his useful password storage program Web Confidential, reviewed in "Web Confidential: Securing Information of All Sorts" in TidBITS-441Show full article
Virtual PC 2.1.1 Update Available -- Connectix has released a free updater for Virtual PC that upgrades Virtual PC 2.0, 2.0.1, or 2.1 to version 2.1.1Show full article
Symantec Ships Norton Utilities 4.0 -- After a lengthy period of public beta testing, Symantec Corporation has released Norton Utilities for Macintosh 4.0, featuring support for both Mac OS 8.5 and the HFS+ disk format introduced more than six months ago with Mac OS 8.1Show full article
More USB Support from Keyspan -- Keyspan has announced the expansion of its USB product line with the addition of a USB hub and a USB serial adapter. USB hubs enable iMac users to attach more USB devices to their iMacs - although the iMac has two USB ports, one must be used by the keyboard and mouse, and daisy-chaining too many USB devices can cause problemsShow full article
Macintosh Mailing List Directory -- Apple Computer's Mail List Gnome and noted List Mom, Chuq Von Rospach, recently announced the availability of a totally revamped list of mailing lists related to Apple and the MacintoshShow full article
Aladdin's Desktop Magician Saws Desktops in Half -- Is your Mac's desktop as cluttered as your real desktop? If so, check out the new Aladdin Desktop Magician from Aladdin SystemsShow full article
Not surprisingly, readers deluged us with additional comments, questions, and details surrounding my article "Creating a Simple Ethernet Network" in TidBITS-446Show full article
Almost a year ago, Cary Lu, noted technologist and Macintosh author, died after a nine-month bout with cancer. In "Cary Lu Remembered" (TidBITS-399), I tried to convey who Cary was and a feeling for the memories he'd left for many of us. In that article, however, I didn't mention one final gift Cary left behind - a partially completed book about bandwidth that he was writing for Microsoft PressShow full article