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Memory usage classification under Darwin (Mac OS X 10.8)

on Mac OS X using Memory Clean, I can behold this memory usage stats chart: While the meaning of active and free seems to be clear, what do "wired" and "inactive" memory refer to?
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Prevent important OS X process being swapped out, without code change?

I want hotkey-based utilities like Quicksilver or Zooom to respond immediately. But if they have been idle for a while, they (I guess) get swapped out, and respond slowly, sometimes not even ...
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Mac OS X consumes so much memory

I use a Mac for software development. It has 4GB of RAM (cannot be upgraded), and when I power it on, without any programs run by me, it consumes 2GB of memory. I develop a Rails app and the server ...
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Is killing a process still considered bad for memory management?

So I am having a little discussion with my boss about memory management. I've been told that killing a process does not allow it to deallocate memory. Is that still the case, or was that years ago? ...
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How to disable Mac OS X from using swap when there still is “Inactive” memory?

A common phenomena in my day to day usage (and several other's according to various posts throughout the internet) of OS X, the system seems to become slow whenever there is no more "Free" memory ...
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How do I allocate more RAM to Java?

A java application I'm using keeps crashing, when I had a problem with a similar application I managed to fix it by allocating more of my RAM to Java. How do I do that? (I recently upgraded to 16 GB ...
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Optimum memory settings for Parallels 4 on a MacBook?

I've got a last-generation black MacBook with a 2.4 GHz Core Duo processor and 2GB RAM. Parallels 4 is running all right, but holds the rest of the machine hostage in terms of performance, even ...