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Types of RAM usage listed in Activity Monitor?

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In Activity Monitor, I see that RAM is classified into four different groups: active, inactive, wired, and free. Obviously I know what active is. And I assumed that "wired" means the memory is on-call for rapid deployment.


But ... what's the difference between active and free? And are my assumptions correct?


Also ... LimeWire is constantly running at 110-140% of CPU. (Or rather, was constantly doing so before I chucked it for Acquisition.) How is this possible?!

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