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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

sudo rm /var/log/asl.db

sudo launchctl start

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

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Compression II Details

Copyright (c) 1991 Ken Hancock & Adam C. Engst DiskDoubler Salient Software, Inc. 124 University Avenue, Suite 103 Palo Alto CA 94301 415/321-5375 Salient on AOL Suggested Retail: $79.95 MacConnection price: $49 Overall rating: 9 penguins out of 10 SuperDisk! Alysis Software Corp. 1231 31st Ave. San Francisco, CA 94122 415/566-2263 Alysis on AOL Suggested Retail: $89 MacConnection price: $49 Overall rating: 7 penguins out of 10 Well, it's long-past time for yet another TidBITS compression article (YATCA?)Show full article


Installing DiskDoubler is easy. Simply double-click on Salient's installer application and it automatically installs the DiskDoubler files, including the application, the extension, and the help fileShow full article


Installing SuperDisk! is equally as easy as installing DiskDoubler. If you're running System 6.0.x, simply drag the SuperDisk! Control Panel into your System FolderShow full article

Where They Differ

Although DiskDoubler and SuperDisk! both serve the same function, how they approach the task differs. When you compress a DiskDoubler file, you'll know it's compressed right away - the icon for the document or application that you just compressed turns into a DiskDoubler iconShow full article

Program Speed

(aka "The Bottom Line") One of the fundamental problems with compression is a trade-off between time versus space. If you spend more time trying to compress a document, you can usually do a better jobShow full article

Speed Tables

comp(s) decomp(s) size % saved Text (single file - 342K) SuperDisk! tight 3.5 2.7 278 18.71 SuperDiskShow full article

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