I am a very happy new iMac owner, recently having seen the light! I have a question about how OS X manages memory use. I had a bunch of apps open, including Parallels running a Windows XP VM. I just closed everything so only Activity Monitor is running on my desktop at the moment and the Firefox browser I am using to post here. Under System Memory, Activity Monitor reports 6.18 gigs is still in use. I know that normally when I start up this Mac, a little under 2 gigs would be in use before running any apps. So I am guessing OS X is caching code to improve performance by reducing hard disk reads? Is that right? What do these classifications for memory labeled by Activity Monitor mean? Here are the three names I do not understand along with the current values that total up to used ram of 6.18 gigs: Wired: 1.68 GB Active: 1.28 GB Inactive: 3.23 GB Total Used: 6.19 GB What the heck are "Wired" and "Inactive" ram that count as used? I am guessing "Active" is ram in use right now by the OS, this browser I am running and Activity Monitor? And I've wondered if "Inactive" ram was cache maybe? But Wired has me completely mystified. Could somebody clear up for me what these labels mean and perhaps give just a basic review of OS X memory management? Thanks a lot!