Display the top 10 running processes - sorted by memory usage

ps -eo rss,vsz,pid,cputime,cmd --width 100 --sort rss,vsz | tail --lines 10
A pretty nice display of processes.
Sample Output
11576 286632 21435 00:00:00 /usr/lib/chromium-browser/chromium-browser --type=zygote
12408  85576  1976 00:00:23 /usr/sbin/sensord -f daemon
12684 271056 21433 00:00:01 /usr/lib/chromium-browser/chromium-browser
14004 351984  3667 00:49:28 transmission
32896 430588 21472 00:58:49 /usr/lib/chromium-browser/chromium-browser --type=plugin --plugin-path=/
46172 524200 21427 00:29:39 /usr/lib/chromium-browser/chromium-browser
64136 254288 26976 00:07:54 emacs
110132 656312 2654 00:20:56 x-terminal-emulator
169184 1046048 21468 00:03:40 /usr/lib/chromium-browser/chromium-browser --type=renderer --lang=en-U
200040 299020 1885 09:35:08 /usr/bin/X :0 vt7 -nolisten tcp -auth /var/lib/xdm/authdir/authfiles/A:0

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By: kenyon
2012-01-08 20:51:38

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