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 first Mac OS X Trojan horse was spotted last week - or was it? Adam looks at Intego's announcement of the MP3Concept Trojan, and how it affects the Mac going forward. Also in this issue, Andrew Laurence reviews the Slim Devices Squeezebox streaming audio player, and we note the releases of Eudora 6.1, DragThing 5.1, and NoteBook 1.2 v180. Lastly, we're taking a short break, so look for your next issue of TidBITS on 26-Apr-04!
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Eudora 6.1 Adds Google Searching -- Qualcomm has released Eudora 6.1, the latest version of their venerable email client. New in Eudora 6.1 is a toolbar-based Search Bar that enables you to search either within Eudora or in Google via your Web browser; you can also Control- or right-click a word and choose it from the contextual menu that appears to search for it in GoogleShow full article
Version 5.1: A DragThing of Beauty -- TLA Systems's DragThing, a launcher and Dock replacement that we've been covering since its inception, has been upgraded to version 5.1Show full article
NoteBook 1.2 v180 Beefs up HTML Export -- Circus Ponies Software has released NoteBook 1.2 v180, a minor upgrade to their elegant snippet keeper and information manager, which I've found handy for maintaining to do lists and taking notes on complex proceduresShow full article
By now, assuming you pay any attention to the Macintosh media in between your weekly doses of TidBITS, you've undoubtedly heard of the hubbub brewing around the announcement last Thursday of the first Trojan horse to target Mac OS XShow full article
(When last we left our intrepid music junkie, he was annoyed that the Slim Devices SLIMP3 streamed MP3 music, rather than being a disk-based storage and playback device like his beloved TiVoShow full article
As before, the second URL below each thread description points to the discussion on our Web Crossing server, which will be much faster, though it doesn't yet use our preferred design. Intego Trojan Warning -- Readers discuss Intego's press release about the MP3Concept Trojan horseShow full article