This article by Lifehacker’s Kevin Purdy on computer memory and how to make the most of it is worth a read. Purdy explains in simple terms how to uncover those cryptically named programs running in the background and what they are really for.

You’ll also find information you can use to decide how important the various programs are and if you can live without them. Purdy lists multiple links to useful programs and sites to help clean up your act and maintain your system’s new lean lifestyle. Knowing most of us are running photography programs that are memory gobbling monsters this is a must read.
—Melissa Macatee
Contributing Blogger