Sort all running processes by their memory & CPU usage

ps aux --sort=%mem,%cpu
you can also pipe it to "tail" command to show 10 most memory using processes.
Sample Output
root        21  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S<   Oct10   0:11 [ata/0]
68        1417  0.0  0.2   6772  2900 ?        Ss   Oct10   0:14 hald   
root      1586  0.0  0.1  17184  1836 ?        Ssl  Oct10   0:14 NetworkManager --pid-file=/var/run/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.pid
root      1554  0.0  0.0   3516   564 ?        S    Oct10   0:19 hald-addon-storage: polling /dev/sr0 (every 2 sec)                  
ali       2013  0.0  0.9 247540 10068 ?        S    Oct10   0:24 kwin -session 10dad4d46f000125200430400000021020032_1255123367_509351
dbus      1377  0.0  0.1  13492  1484 ?        Ssl  Oct10   0:25 dbus-daemon --system                                                 
root        47  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S<   Oct10   0:29 [scsi_eh_1]                                                          
ali       2047  0.0  1.5 123976 15816 ?        Rl   Oct10   0:44 yakuake -session 10dad4d46f000125165081500000020800011_1255123367_401521 -name Qt-subapplication
ali       2323  0.1  0.2 1610188 2528 ?        Ss   Oct10   0:52 C:\windows\system32\explorer.exe /desktop                                   
ali       2021  0.1  2.2 287952 23152 ?        Sl   Oct10   1:37 /usr/bin/plasma-desktop
ali       2299  0.2  0.0   5404   992 ?        Ss   Oct10   2:24 /usr/bin/wineserver
root      6341  0.5  7.0 122288 72160 pts/3    S+   00:33   0:33 /usr/bin/python /usr/bin/yum groupinstall GNOME Desktop Environment
ali       2296  0.6  0.7 1694604 8076 ?        Sl   Oct10   5:03 C:\Program Files\www.cproxy.com\cproxy.exe                                  
ali       2191  0.8  0.2 100880  2160 ?        Ssl  Oct10   7:07 /usr/bin/pulseaudio --start --log-target=syslog
ali       6164  1.2  3.2 165432 33084 ?        Sl   00:30   1:20 /usr/bin/kopete -caption Kopete
ali       4854  2.6  2.2 147408 22468 ?        Sl   Oct10   6:07 /usr/lib/nspluginwrapper/npviewer.bin --plugin /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/libflashplayer.so --connection /org/wrapper/NSPlugins/libflashplayer.so/4759-1
ali       4546  2.9  5.9 228028 61048 ?        Sl   Oct10   7:24 /usr/lib/songbird-1.2.0/./songbird-bin
root      1840  5.9  2.7  55864 28172 tty1     Ss+  Oct10  49:50 /usr/bin/X -br -nolisten tcp :0 vt1 -auth /var/run/xauth/A:0-lhNFjm
ali       4759 16.6 18.4 652080 187640 ?       Sl   Oct10  38:56 /usr/lib/firefox-3.5.3/firefox
ali       7231  2.0  0.0   4764   988 pts/0    R+   02:16   0:00 ps aux --sort=%mem,%cpu

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By: mrwill
2009-10-10 22:48:51

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