I’ve had all this figured out for years

I love trying new things, but I’m not sure why bother. I’ve had most things figured out for years.

Here’s a quick, incomplete list of software and hardware that have continued to work for me, doing what they were designed to do, without much fuss or trouble, for a very long time. In no particular order.


Apps and formats that have been around a long time and have burned themselves into my life. These are the things I always come back to.

  • BBEdit
  • Tinderbox
  • DEVONthink
  • Text files (a la Markdown)
  • nvAlt
  • Photo Mechanic
  • OmniFocus
  • Vim
  • Dropbox
  • Files and folders, organized neatly, viewed in Finder (or Pathfinder)
  • Transmit


I look for newer, better, faster all the time. Sometimes I find it, but mostly I just keep using these…

  • Leica M6 w/50mm Summicron and Tri-X
  • Domke satchel
  • DVDs (or now, Blu-ray)
  • Manual typewriters (Olympia SM3, mostly)
  • iPhone
  • Pen and paper
  • Watch (automatic)