My primary machine is an Apple iMac, 2010, running OS X 10.6. I switch between that and a 13" Macbook Air. The latter usually comes with me whenever I head out to cover tech events, as does my Canon Kiss X50 (aka 1100D, T3). I’m just starting out with photography, and this is sort of a baby DSLR – but I’m liking it. Lenses to date: 50mm f/1.8, 85mm f/1.8 1, and f/2.8 Tamron.
I live in Tokyo, and although my home office is a little bit old fashioned, I like it a lot. As I spend a lot of time in front of a computer and I don't want my back to revolt, I've set up a workspace that is sort of a hybrid between a standing desk (front) and a normal sitting desk with a balance ball (around back). The desk is the Fredrik model from IKEA, which I found on sale for about $90 last year
- TextMate - This text editor is a favorite among programmers, but I use it daily as my word processor and blogging interface.
- I also use Brett Terpstra's excellent MarkedApp as a markdown preview for TextMate, as well as these fun little scripts when I need to start a new post.
- Byword - If I'm going to be writing for a while, it's always nice to go full-screen in Byword. If you write for the web, you need this.
- TextExpander: Great app for more text shortcuts, system wide.
- Google Chrome - Still my browser of choice, by far.
- Chrome extensions:
- OS X Markdown service tools - A number of Markdown services from the amazing Brett Terpstra, but most importantly it gives you Markdown links from all open Chrome tabs
- Awesome Screenshot - Particularly useful if you need a full-length screenshot of a web page.
- Rikaikun - Mouse-hover Japanese dictionary
- Chrome extensions:
- Colloquy - This IRC client is open at all times for real-time communication with everyone at TechInAsia.com in our ‘virtual newsroom.’
- Dropbox - Backs up all my necessary documents. Good for sending large files.
- nvAlt - Sort of like Evernote, but better. Plain-text notes synced across multiple machines via Dropbox.
- Echofon - Not outstanding, but I have yet to find better.
- Skype Call Recorder - Great for recording interviews with people in remote locations.
- Quick Cal - Great application for quickly adding items to Apple's iCal, which I sync with Google Calendar.
- Adium - Solid all-purpose instant messenger program.
- VLC - Great all-around media player.
- Apple's iPhoto for photo management
- My Little Pomodoro: A fun application for tracking work time.
- Geek Tool: A tricky app to use, but handy for displaying stuff like upcoming events and to-do items on your desktop. Check out the many geeklets too.
- TaskPaper: Very quick, very handy to-do app. This geeklet lets you display upcoming tasks with GeekTool (mentioned above).
- Byword - A great writing application which can sync to Byword on a Mac via iCloud or Dropbox.
- Writing Kit - Another great Markdown writing app. I bounce back and forth between this and Byword depending on my mood.
- Text Expander - Canned snippets on the go.
- Notesy - My mobile interface to nvALT notes
- Poster - Mobile Wordpress access
- Reeder - Awesome interface to Google Reader feeds
- Slow Feeds - Similar to Reeder, but only takes the smaller publications, the feed items you may have missed.
- Pocket - 'Read it later' application
- Camera+ - A step up over the native camera app
- TaskPaper - Mobile interface to Taskpaper mentioned above
- Glassboard - Private photo and message sharing for family
- Zaim - Personal finance app
- Scanner Pro - Scan documents with your phone
- Dropbox link collection
- Dropbox public link script - Sends file to Dropbox public folder, and copies public link to clipboard
- iTunes latest podcast script
- Google Advanced Search - A domain-restricted search, that really comes in handy when searching your own site archives.
- Facebook share - Handy for quick sharing to Facebook
- Word count of selection - Get word count of currently selected text
- Google Docs - At Penn-Olson we do a lot of collaborative editing in docs. Google Spreadsheets is also invaluable for storing and charting key data, as well as occasional web scraping.
- Grooveshark - For when I need some tunes.
- Google Reader - My newsreader of choice. The keyboard shortcuts make it easy to plough through lots of info quick.
- Ifttt.com - This is particularly useful when used to direct a Google Reader bundle feed to Gchat, and then to Adium. Essentially it's a real-time news wire, with Growl alerts popping up whenever something is published.
I’ve been playing with the 85mm whenever I have to cover volleyball. So far it has been great. ↩