Tools

I suppose that I’m tech-promiscuous, or addicted to what Merlin Mann (@hotdogsladies) calls productivity pr0n. Locking down to one set of tools is an interesting discipline.

Hardware

Macbook Pro – The MacOS platform is a 2016 15in MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar. Can’t say enough good things about it.

iPad Pro 10.5 – WiFi, 512GB. I can do almost everything that I have to do with it, especially when traveling. One day, I may try to live entirely on it for a week or so. Adding an external keyboard makes it an almost perfect typing station.

iPhone 7+ – Nothing too special here; just the black AT&T 256GB model. Always in a case, although which one varies as the mood strikes.

Software

Omnifocus – When I’d been teaching for a couple years, the academic trinity of teaching, research, and service started to overwhelm my memory. I had to get a system going, and I wound up with the Getting Things Done system. This is the perfect software instrument for it; the thing that makes it for me is the date support for to-do items. I can mark something with a start date (with or without an end date) and not have to think about it until then. It also syncs seamlessly between iPhone, iPad, and Mac versions. That’s a key feature for me, and all these software tools have it in common.

Byword – Best text editor with universal sync that I’ve seen, distinguished also by its support for the Markdown and Multimarkdown markup languages. I’ve been writing in plaintext more and more because of it.

Scrivener – Swiss Army knife for long-form writing; too complicated to explain here, and it comes with a learning curve, but I’ve never encountered anything so useful. It’s a writing, outlining, organizing, and research tool all in one. (Exception that proves the rule: no iOS version as of yet, but it can sync plaintext files.)

Evernote – This is my long-term storage for notes, web pages, articles, and more or less anything that I need to have accessible. With automatic OCR, everything is searchable.