As a way of catching up, here are some links I will be following up on that might interest you.
1 - An online application to compete with Quicken called Mint
2 - For editing audio files in Windows and small enough to fit on a thumb drive, Wavosaur
3 - Also from Lifehacker, color coded cursors... this looks cool!
4 - As one who wants to create WOW, Brandon Schauer's article on creating the Long Wow is a must read.
5 - And finally from fellow Joyful Jubilant Learner, Terry Starbucker, comes his post on putting the written word in an oral context. How Facebook and other social communities harken back to tribal instincts. Based upon an article he found in the NY Times.