Good timing. While I had just noticed my 3Gb RAM being ravaged by Zonealarm with 1.2gb for scanning and Firefox with a respectable share of 500mb, I came across a write-up on Usage Monitor on Download Squad.
As its name suggests, this small, free app monitors your computer resources. What makes it particularly useful is that you can set alarms for known rogue applications like the memory leaking Firefox (I seriously hope version 3.5 will plug these leaks). Once your alarmed limit is reached you’re notified in one of the various ways you can choose from.
And, as the Download Squad post mentions, you can
[pair this notification] with a simple batch file this one that lets you send Twitter updates from the command prompt, and you’ve got a handy way to receive remote alerts when something goes awry.
If you’d prefer an app that goes a bit beyond monitoring and alerts, Process Lasso might be just the thing for you.
Click here to download Usage Monitor.