I understand your point, and I'm also a big fan of Mark Russinovich. But this tool that Legolash2o provided, at the request of ar_seven_am, is not being marketed as a Memory Optimizer. (It's not being marketed at all. LOL)
* It does not do the "allocating, then freeing, large amounts of virtual memory" trick. therefore it does not cause the performance degradation Mark explains could happen as a result.
* It does not do anything to try to defragment memory, so it does not run afoul of this false claim.
* It does not claim to regain memory lost to leaks.
* It makes no claims for improved performance at all.
* It is FREE.
It was not originally written as a separate app at all. It was originally written by Legolash2o to solve a problem within W7T where some memory was not being released appropriately within his own app that he wrote. So he wrote this to do that one thing, and that one thing only, to release the memory that he was done with and knew was supposed to be released so he could use it for something else during the app's execution. He didn't try to pitch this solution to anyone else. If all app makers were as conscientious about trying to clean up after themselves, then the memory manager's job would be much easier, don't you agree? Yes, you, and Mark, are correct that the memory manager should eventually release all memory that was not needed. But since Legolash2o KNEW he was done with that memory, as a responsible app maker, isn't it a good thing that he went ahead and released it?
Even without Legolash2o promoting this cleanup routine he added, ar_seven_am perceived a difference in the the app's performance. He then asked if Legolash2o could break the routine out into a stand alone app so that he could see if other apps might benefit as well, and Legolash2o graciously agreed and posted it here for anyone to try it if they wanted to. He has also committed to releasing the source if there are any further code changes. As N1K has stated, this app, like W7T, is and will remain a FREE app. You, and everyone else, are welcome to try the app, or not, as you see fit. If you don't perceive a difference, or just don't want it on your system for whatever reason, then uninstall it or don't install it in the first place.
Yes, ar_seven_am probably overreacted a little when you lumped this tool in with other 'garbageware RAM "optimizers"', but your statement was also a bit over the top, IMHO.
Now that everyone has expressed their opinion, let's all just leave it at that.
You can test it and if you don't like it, dump it, you haven't lost anything and you can't damage anything.
If anyone, would post their experiences after testing this tool, good or bad, then THAT would be useful information for everyone's benefit.
Cheers and Regards
Edited by bphlpt, 15 December 2011 - 11:58 PM.