I’ve been having the oddest problem on my PowerBook the past few days.
At least 4-5 times, I’ve goten a cryptic message like this one:
In some cases, the phrase Database Daemon is missing, replaced by an obviously screwed-up “null.”
A couple of Google searches reveal the likely culprit: Microsoft Office X.
Mac OS X doesn’t use extensions, so at startup Office launches a “database daemon,” an invisible app responsible for Office-wide integration and for running background tasks such as Notification for Office apps and MSN Messenger (version 2.1 is bundled).
I have been have some issues with it lately – crashing and general screen-drawing wierdness. Most of it’s been associated with getting Word documents from people I know are PC users. The only apparent solution, of course, is to check if there are any updates from Microsoft. And, in fact, there are 6. All separate, of course:
More info later if this solves the problems ….