Archive for the ‘tweeks’ Category

syslogd gone wild

January 8, 2008

Since Leopard my mac sometimes begins to freeze and I recognized that my syslogd is running at 100-150% with 1Gb of virtual memory. I wondered a little bit about it and began digging in Google.

My research ended in a guess. (If its wrong – please drop me a note)

The reason is, that buggy programs are filling up the syslogd with debug messages – mostly Apple Event Debug messages in my case. When the file /var/log/asl.db is over 20-25 mb big, the syslogd goes wild

so execute in your prefered shell

     sudo rm /var/log/asl.db && sudo killall syslogd

and it will stop for a while.


I am looking for a permanent solution. If you know one – please drop me note.

have fun

Most useful hack: how to get your mail

December 20, 2007

Ever eager to supply you with the most useful how-tos, we couldn’t withhold this: simplicity, availability, beauty:


change the 3D Dock in a 2D Dock (Mac OSX Leopard)

November 18, 2007

One week ago I installed Leopard. Well I am quite happy. There are some disappointing bugs, but I hope they will be fixed soon. (like my beloved python does not compile and mplayer from macports works only with disabled SSE and MMX).

Another thing was the 3D Dock. I find it a little bit ugly. So if you want to change it to 2D, here’s the trick.

open a terminal an execute

defaults write no-glass -boolean YES; killall Dock

You can undo this with

defaults write no-glass -boolean NO; killall Dock


have fun



I found this in this german blog (thanks guys)

PS: Sorry corrected a error (removed the sudo)

MAC keyboard short cuts … all of them

August 14, 2007

The ‘one to rule them all‘, the comprehensive list of all Mac OSX keyboard short cuts, kept up to date by the empire itself.

via TUAW

DIY altoids camera

March 22, 2007

This isn’t particularly mac, but it’s to good to not post it: who needs fancy digital cameras? Build your own pinhole camera out of an altoids-box. One day I will try this with an old CCD chip + circuitry, but until then, this will do the job.

pixelfreak … pixelart fonts for you

March 15, 2007

Maybe this one is just for real geeks. Anyway, for some time now I am a bit of a fan of pixelart, and when your are a fan and have internet access, but really no time at all, then … you easily come across several this site: pixelfreak. Check out the artwork and download the free bitmap fonts. I do like PF Neutron in particular … together with Geektool … think of the possibilities.

Optimize your Macs efficiency

March 14, 2007

Over at Low End Mac, there is a very nice piece on how to speed up your mac by decluttering and a bit of tweeking:

See for yourself, most of the tweeks are pretty easy, … but lazy as I am, I still have to try them.