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 iPhone and virtualization software hold sway in this issue, with Rich Mogull sharing the story of how he used his iPhone to avoid sleeping on an airport floor, Chris Pepper passing along methods of sending SMS messages for free, and David Strom comparing five applications for transferring files to an iPhone. On the virtualization front, last week saw both the release of Parallels Desktop 4.0 and our latest ebook, Joe Kissell's "Take Control of VMware Fusion 2." The rest of the issue is a grab bag: Glenn Fleishman looks at a new laptop recovery utility and the release of Safari 3.2, and Adam explains how he figured out how to make VoiceOver read an important button in the Take Control cart. In the TidBITS Watchlist, we cover Firefox 3.0.4, Coda 1.6, PDFpen 4.0.2, iLife Support 8.3.1, and NeoOffice 2.2.5 Patch 3. Finally, please welcome our latest sponsor, MacSpeech, and note that the next issue of TidBITS will appear 01-Dec-08.
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Apple releases Safari 3.2 to repair vulnerabilities and other problems in all versions of its flagship Web browser.Show full article
GadgetTrak releases a Mac OS X laptop-recovery program that uses Wi-Fi positioning to identify a missing machine's location and Flickr to upload images of the thief.Show full article
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The latest version of Parallels Desktop features performance improvements, enhanced usability features, and bundled software for security, backups, and disk partitioning. It also now supports Mac OS X Server, 64-bit operating systems, and capabilities that will be found in Intel's next generation of processors.Show full article
Modern air travel is never easy, but when bad weather diverts Rich Mogull's plane, his trusty iPhone ensures he gets a hotel room for the night with three measly screen taps.Show full article
Frustrated with having to pay for SMS messages on his iPhone - both sent and received - Chris Pepper examines alternative ways of sending text messages.Show full article
Our latest ebook from Joe Kissell goes in depth with the popular virtualization program VMware Fusion 2, providing real-world advice to help readers install, configure, and run Windows on a Mac with a minimum of fuss.Show full article
Looking for a way to transfer files other than your music or photos to your iPhone or iPod touch? David Strom takes a look at a handful of iPhone file transfer apps.Show full article
After much hair-pulling, we finally figured out why the Download Ebook button on the last screen of our Take Control shopping cart couldn't be seen by Apple's VoiceOver technology.Show full article
Notable software releases so far this week include Firefox 3.0.4, Coda 1.6, PDFpen 4.0.2, iLife Support 8.3.1, and NeoOffice 2.2.5 Patch 3.Show full article
This week's TidBITS Talk discussions touch on a broad range of topics: the number of audio files the iTunes Store serves up, viewing PDFs on an iPhone or iPod touch, experiences with PGP, using an unlocked iPhone as a modem, converting AIFF files to MP3, and the differences between Safari and WebKit.Show full article