Welcome to Smarterware

January 1, 2009


Use technology well to work smarter, not harder. I'm Gina Trapani, and I'm a software and self improvement junkie. Welcome to Smarterware.

Here I will testify to the tech I love, admire the folks who are doing something right, describe how I use my favorite digital tools, and figure out ways to get work done more efficiently and creatively.

I've been blogging nonstop since I found out what the word meant in late 2001. Over the last four years I founded and ran Lifehacker.com, an ad-supported Gawker Media blog that eventually ranked as one the top 10 blogs on the internet. I even turned Lifehacker into a book that's in its second edition.

Now that I've stepped back from the glamorous life of a "pro blogger," I'm excited to get back to a slower pace and a more personal approach to online publishing.

You won't find ads or Digg badges or two dozen posts a day here. What you will find is stuff that fired off a synapse or two in my head and lots of sentences that involve the words "I", "me", and "my."

Welcome to my new soapbox. I hope you enjoy it.

Three Things About Comments

You will be able to leave a comment on most posts that appear here. But first you should know:

  1. You've got to log in first. In an effort to reduce drive-by trolling and spam, you will have to create a user account here or use your Facebook account or OpenID to log in first. My apologies for that inconvenience.
  2. Your first comment will be held for approval. But once you've got one published, you can comment freely from there on in.
  3. I might not publish your first comment, or I might delete your published comment. In terms of which comments appear on-site and which don't, my policy can be summed up in one sentence.
    If I think you're being a jerk*, I will delete your comment.
    * Disagreeing with me does not qualify as being a jerk.

These three things are subject to change while I figure out how this all will work.

How to Contact Me

If you've got something to say about a post, please, go ahead and leave a comment on that post. If you want to contact me personally, you can do so using my first and last name at gmail dot com. Please don't send press releases to my personal email address; if you do I will gleefully blacklist you.


I put together Smarterware using the excellent open source blogging software, WordPress, plus many plug-ins, which I am still learning to configure and use. The original template was a modified version of The Journalist template by Lucian E. Marin. The latest design is by 3ones, a fabulous web shop here in sunny San Diego.

Hi and congrats for taking the decision to start on your own. Your blog looks promising, I’ve added it to my reader. I have one suggestion though: it seems you use sIFR for the posts’ titles links, which makes these links unable to be clicked using middle-click (open in new tab in Firefox), which is a bit of an issue. You might consider ditching sIFR for the headlines (titles). Other than that, keep up the good work.

Feb 9 09 at 11:36 am

Glad to see you back Gina. Keep rockin’…

Feb 9 09 at 9:05 pm

I owe a lot of my good habits in both tech and my daily routine to Lifehacker, so it’s exciting and refreshing to pick up this feed. I love personal bloggers just as much (if not more) than the buzz journalism ones so I’m stoked on what’s to come!

I had started missing your posts on lifehacker. Good to see you here at smarterware.

Thejesh GN [+5]
Feb 10 09 at 5:33 am

Hey Raszvan, I pulled sIFR from the post headlines for just that reason–should be better now!

Gina Trapani [+195]
Feb 10 09 at 8:02 am

Hi Gina,
I’m glad I found your new home! I’ve been reading your articles for the past 3 years or so, fairly a newbee.

The “My Must-Have Windows Software”, any chance of having “My Must-Have Linux Software” that points to, you know, actual Linux software? :-)

Anyways, keep up the excellent writing. I just may comment now and again.



Feb 10 09 at 10:36 am

Hey Gina, awesome new blog. Good to see it all evolving. Can I ask a nerdy question? Which plugin did you use for the Facebook integration? It’s cool.

Gina Trapani [+195]
Feb 10 09 at 3:43 pm

well, you couldn’t leave it alone, could you, you dirty little addict.

Welcome back.

Susie Bright
Feb 13 09 at 11:48 am

Gina, I heard you on a recent Net at Night podcast with Leo Laporte liked what you had to say and that’s how I found your site. What I’ve read so far is awesome.

Feb 22 09 at 11:25 am

Comments are closed. Thanks for reading!