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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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TidBITS 2008 Holiday Hiatus

We're taking the last two weeks of the year off, so look for the next email issue of TidBITS on 05-Jan-09. But we'll continue posting new articles to our Web site, and TidBITS Talk will also continue apace.Show full article

MacBook, Pro, Air EFI and SMC Firmware Updates

Apple has released EFI and SMC firmware updates for the late 2008 models of the MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air to correct stability and other issues.Show full article

Google Earth Browser Plugin for Mac OS X

Are you a fan of Google Earth but bemoan its sluggish launch speed? Mac users can now access Google Earth directly from their Web browser with the Google Earth Browser Plugin.Show full article

Microsoft Office 2008 12.1.5 and 2004 11.5.3 Updates

Microsoft has released yet another set of updates to Office 2008 and 2004, this time fixing two important security issues, improving general Office stability, and addressing a number of bugs.Show full article

Backblaze Launches Mac Beta of Online Backup Service

The latest entrant in the world of online backups, Backblaze, has slick new Mac software. Private beta invitations are available to 100 TidBITS readers.Show full article

Google Gmail Introduces Simple Task Manager

Looking for an easy way to manage your to-do list? Google has recently released Tasks, a simplified task list manager that works with Gmail.Show full article

Apple Adds Nearly Instant MobileMe Sync in 10.5.6

Leopard gets another update just in time for the holidays, with Apple releasing Mac OS X 10.5.6 and a set of security fixes. This update would be less than notable, except that Apple slipped in a nearly instant sync option for calendar, contacts, and bookmarks for MobileMe subscribers.Show full article

CrashPlan and Mozy Modify Pro Options

Two online backup providers have made modifications to the pro versions of their services.Show full article

CrashPlan Adds Direct-to-Disk Backups

CrashPlan has endeared itself to us with its capability to perform backups over the Internet to other copies of CrashPlan. But Internet connections are slow, and hard disks are fast, so the latest version of CrashPlan also lets you back up to a directly connected hard disk.Show full article

Labels & Addresses Restores Holiday Card Sanity

You'd think Apple's Address Book application would be the easy choice for making mailing labels, but after fighting the program's bugs and shortcomings, Jeff Carlson turns to BeLight Software's Labels & Addresses to get his holiday cards in the mail.Show full article

TidBITS Events at Macworld SF 2009

Come find us at Macworld Expo in San Francisco with this handy list of our appearances!Show full article

Take Control News: Font Wrangling and Problem-Solving Made Easy

If you work with fonts professionally, need to solve font-related problems, or just want to understand how fonts work in Mac OS X, our "Take Control of Fonts in Leopard" and "Take Control of Font Problems in Leopard" ebooks have all the information you need.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 15-Dec-08

Notable software releases so far this week include BBEdit 9.1, SOHO Labels 4.0, DiscLabel 5.4.1, Sandvox 1.5.3, Keyboard Maestro 3.5, and PowerMail 6.0.Show full article

Bonus Stories for 15-Dec-08

We have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to articles, so we wanted to let you know about some of the pieces we haven't had room to publish. They include Adam's in-depth look at switching from Now-Up-to-Date to iCal and BusySync, Doug McLean's hunt for applications that can help minimize desktop distractions and his overview of interesting Mac OS X screensavers, Glenn Fleishman's comparison of EtherPad with SubEthaEdit, and Dennis Wurster's discovery of a PayPal label printing workaround, among much else. Show full article

ExtraBITS for 15-Dec-08

Read on for a collection of links to the most interesting articles and resources that the TidBITS staff discovered on the Web this week.Show full article

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk for 15-Dec-08

This week's discussions look at display problems with the new MacBook Air, safely deactivating fonts, keyboard backlight settings, why antivirus software is still not needed on the Mac, and limitations playing video from the MacBook.Show full article

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