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    Russell McLean

    So far it is great. By any chance are you working on an article about your setup for hosting Smarterware in a similar vein to the one you linked to about your PC and Mac setup.

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    Gina Trapani

    By any chance are you working on an article about your setup for hosting Smarterware in a similar vein to the one you linked to about your PC and Mac setup?

    Honestly I’m using a pretty standard setup–Dreamhost, WordPress, and a bevy of plug-ins–if folks are interested in the detailed list of what plug-ins, I can definitely put that together.

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    So far I really like the site. I followed you from LH and I have learned so much and really enjoy your writing style. I am excited to see where this grows to as to further differentiates itself from your work on LH.

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    Jeff Harbert

    Zero spam? Yay Akismet. 🙂

    I was able to use the Facebook login with no issues at all, and I’d also like to hear about your WordPress setup.

    A suggestion: It’d be great if there was a place in profiles to add a Twitter username.

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    Ted Avery

    Here’s some Facebook Connect feedback. I just tried to sign in using the button at the bottom of the comments on this post and it just redirected me to the homepage (this is while I was already signed into Facebook).

    Signing in using the button on the page that the Login link in the side bar points to did work however (also while I’m already signed into Facebook).

    After signing out of Facebook entirely, the button at the bottom of this post created the appropriate Facebook Connect pop-up, asking me for my username and password.

    Hope that helps, and congratulations on the success you are already seeing on this great new site.

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    Great work so far Gina. I’ve been a dedicated Lifehacker reader for years and I love your new site. Keep the good posts coming. I would also like to see an article about your WordPress configuration.

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    Michael Kizer

    I was already signed in to Facebook and signing on here was pretty quick and error free.

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    Great job Gina. You are off to a great start. I love the blog and look forward to future articles.

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    Michael Kizer

    hmmm… just before I hit the Post Comment button I noticed that this page said I was signed in as Gina Trapani (whoever that is ;-), but I went ahead and hit the button anyway…it seemed to work OK.

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    Gina: Luck to you on this but luck is only 1% of your success equation. This looks great!

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    Great site and great work, Gina. I’m a big fan of LH and your work there. Heard about the new site on your recent TWiT appearance. I will definitely be following your work here.

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    Scott Karstetter

    The facebook plugin works well and so does the profile editing feature.

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    The suggestion to know your wordpress setup is of interest to me as well.

    I’m using Expression Engine, but have never compared it to wordpress.

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    Asian Angel

    *sneaks in from Lifehacker to register here ^__^*

    It is great to see you have a new website up Gina. ^__^

    I like what you have already been doing with the site and am definitely looking forward to seeing your future posts. ^__^

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    Ankur Banerjee

    It seems that the plugin you’re using for OpenID logins uses deprecated call-by-reference – so a user logging in through OpenID gets a page full of errors. Why don’t you add allow call-by-reference from your .htaccess file to suppress this error?

    Ah, and email subscriptions would be nice. 🙂

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    Curtis Hollibaugh

    I really enjoy the more down to earth and personal touch of Smarterware. At Lifehacker, I browse the headlines and read what sounds interesting. Here, everything seems worth reading. Keep up the good work!

    By the way, Facebook appears to work fine for me.

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    Okay, time to put my vanity in check.

    Was the link to my profile generated by IP address so only I saw my profile link?

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    Laurent Courtines

    We’re with you Gina. You can do no wrong in my book. Hey, would you consider going a how to for facebook connnect and comments?
    I think there are a ton of people who could use your special expertise in making the Connect, Comment modjo work.

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    As someone who is teaching himself how to use WordPress (and who has spent the afternoon trying to figure out why my old theme ate my sidebars when I updated yesterday…) I’ll echo those earlier comments asking for info on your setup!

    Thanks for lifehacker and great to see you here!

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