"Hardware is getting amazingly fast. But sometimes it seems like
software gets slower faster than hardware speeds up. So why do so
many apps feel poky?
"In this series, I'll look at some of the ways you can examine
your system to see what's taking up resources, and offer some tips
on slimming your system down so it runs faster.
"I'll start with two of the basic command-line applications for
measuring performance: top and ps. top
"When you suspect something is running away with system
resources, top should be your first recourse. It gives you a screen
that updates every couple of seconds (Figure 1), showing you a list
of the processes that are hogging the most CPU."
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