What is Google Wave?

It's one of Google's most hyped yet least understood online services. Gina Trapani explains what Wave is, what it isn't, and how to use it.

Web workflows: channeling the flood

Browsing the Web is a huge part of blogger Gina Trapani's daily work routine. Here's how she keeps up with it all.

Save money with Web-based money managers

It’s easier to spend less than you earn when you can keep a close eye on what’s going in and out of your bank accounts. Launching Quicken once a month just isn’t going to cut it. Instead, try a Web-based financial manager, which pulls all your finances into a simple, auto-updating interface.

Gmail power tools

For power users, Gmail is the preferred alternative to Mail and other traditional e-mail tools. Gina Trapani praises her favorite Gmail features.

Plex: The Front Row alternative

If OS X's Front Row media-viewer app isn't doing it for you, there's another, geekier option: Plex. Gina Trapani explains what it is and how to use it.

The Portable Office: Work anywhere

When you’ve got co-workers scattered all over the country, you need a different kind of office software. Gina Trapani lists the tools she and her widely dispersed team use to run the Lifehacker blog.

Get organized in Gmail

For Gmail fans, Google's Web-based e-mail service offers lots of tricks for organizing your e-mail, clearing out your inbox, and finding e-mail messages fast. These nine tips will get you get organized now.

8 Great Quicken alternatives

Quicken may be the most popular finance manager on the Mac, but because it has many features that a lot of us never use, it can be overkill. Fortunately, there are several options that are simpler to use, less expensive, and/or more focused than Quicken.

Smart Money

No matter how much money you have, you certainly want to be sure you’re managing it in the best way possible. And it just so happens that—thanks to financial software and the Web—your Mac is one of the best tools for doing so.

Three geek tools

Sometimes Mac OS X has everything you need. But sometimes it doesn’t. Occasionally you need to do some kind of system work that your operating system just doesn’t support. In those cases, you need to turn to specialized tools like one of the three programs here.