Mac Troubleshooting

Safari 11 lacks Bonjour options

For at least the past three versions of Safari, I've enabled Bonjour web sites in the Safari Favorites bar. It's handy for several different technical things I do, and has even helped me find a serious security problem at one job, where unbeknownst to any of the admins on site, quite a few embedded systems were advertising their presence via Bonjour AND they had default admin logins enabled, or no login required to get up to mischief.

Study: Apple, HP tops in 'computer experience' ratings

A study of 10,000 US computer users by customer satisfaction analyst Tempkin Group has once again ranked Apple as the top manufacturer for overall "computer experience" quality, which is defined as having excellent functionality, being accessible and generating the strongest positive emotions. This is the third year running that Apple has topped the list, but HP took second place -- losing by only two percentage points, and with a higher "functionality" rating than Apple.

Big Fat Console Log Error

Today I used the lovely Disk Inventory X to find excess large files on my Mac.
As expected, most of the fat files were various video projects...But what's this? In logs?

A three gigabyte log file?! That's gigantic! Log files are just text, and text doesn't take up much space. So that must be a lot of text.

So I tried to find out what made the log so big. To say the least, I was unsurprised when Console locked up trying to open a 3 gigabyte log file.

Thank goodness for the command line. A bit of more action in the right directory and some paging through what started out as a normal log file got me to
[567] file:///Library/Widgets/Weather.wdgt/Weather.html:Error - Out of memory
2006-08-11 21:57:09.838 DashboardClient[567] ( undefined: Error - Out of memory (line: 0)
[567] file:///Library/Widgets/Weather.wdgt/Weather.html:Error - Out of memory
2006-08-11 21:57:09.898 DashboardClient[567] ( undefined: Error - Out of memory (line: 0)

Thank goodness that console needed to record this error every half a second for days.

Of course, the end of this file wrote out while I was on vacation.

Which begs the question--why was the Weather Widget even doing anything while my screen saver was on?

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