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.
Do you find dialing the phone to be an unnecessary hassle, considering that all your phone numbers are stored somewhere on your Mac? Matt Neuburg does too, so read on for his review of the slick new phone dialing tool Dialectic. Also this week, Tonya makes the difficult (and not entirely successful) jump from Eudora to Apple Mail, Jeff explains how to configure Mail to avoid iCal spam, and Adam looks at the new Apple Enthusiast site and VMware Fusion video contest. We also note that the audio edition of TidBITS is now available in the iTunes Store's podcast directory for easy subscriptions. On the release front, we point to a slew of firmware updates from Apple, a major upgrade for the macro utility Keyboard Maestro, the long-promised Final Cut Server, and the "Macworld Mac OS X Hints Superguide." Lastly, in the TidBITS Watchlist, we note the releases of Airfoil Speakers for Linux, Apple's Aluminum Keyboard Firmware Update and Pro Applications Update 2008-01, iGlasses 2.1, OmniWeb 5.7, and Adobe's Photoshop Lightroom 1.4.1 and Camera Raw 4.4.1.
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