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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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Bit of Numerology

Bit of Numerology -- We hit these triple identical digit issues of TidBITS every couple of years, but this is one of the most notable, since 666 is the so-called "number of the beast" from the Bible's Book of Revelation (Chapter 13, verse 18)Show full article

Apple Releases New iMacs, Lowers eMac Prices

Apple Releases New iMacs, Lowers eMac Prices -- Continuing the push to update its product line for AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth, Apple last week unveiled the latest revisions to its flat-panel iMac lineShow full article

Get Pre-Publication iPhoto 2 VQS Chapters

Get Pre-Publication iPhoto 2 VQS Chapters -- As the latest in my efforts to experiment with various approaches to electronic publishing, I will be making available for download each chapter in my forthcoming book, iPhoto 2 for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart GuideShow full article

Adam Speaking at NY City Area User Groups This Week

Adam Speaking at NY City Area User Groups This Week -- On Thursday, 13-Feb-03 at 6:30 PM, I'll be speaking at the monthly MetroMac meeting at New York University, and on Friday, 14-Feb-03 at the Long Island Macintosh Users Group (LIMac) at the New York Institute of TechnologyShow full article

Digital Photography Cruise in June

Digital Photography Cruise in June -- Alaska in June is a fabulous place for outdoor photography thanks to its gorgeous scenery and great evening light from the longest days of the yearShow full article

Apple Revs Xserve and Introduces Xserve RAID

Leaving the iBook as the only part of Apple's product line that hasn't recently received a significant update (hint, hint), Apple today announced new models of their industrial strength Xserve 1U rack-mount servers (see "Apple Introduces Xserve Rack-Mount Server" in TidBITS-631)Show full article

A Mac User's Guide to the Unix Command Line, Part 2

Lesson 2: Navigating the File System In the first installment of this series, we looked at the basics of using the Terminal to access Mac OS X's Unix coreShow full article

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