My Technology Stack

I use a range of software both in my professional work and running my websites. This page outlines the primary tools that I use on a regular basis.

The site is hosted by VentraIP. I developed the static pages using RapidWeaver.

My blog is hosted on This encompasses both twitter style’ micro blogs and lengthier articles, which I have broken down into another page.

I use iA Writer to draft my blog posts, which I write using Markdown. If I add hand-drawn graphics, these are done with Linea.

I use MarsEdit to assist with publishing and managing past posts.

Posts are written with the same toolset as above.

The site is hosted by Blot, which can create a site from a Dropbox folder or synchronisation via Git. I have adopted Git in an attempt to remove my need for Dropbox.

I use Git directly through the Terminal, or with Sourcetree, or on iOS, with Working Copy.

Professional Work

I am always re-evaluating my work methods and toolset, but this list reflects the priority software of the moment.

macOS Only

Curio for creating interactive and flexible thought boards. I’m still quite new to this software, but it is winning me over.

BusyCal for checking calendars.

macOS & iOS

OmniOutliner for creating agendas and taking notes. It’s a bid fiddly to use, but I still like it, and have trended back towards this after preferring iThoughts for some time.

Ulysses for writing reports, the words of which must (unfortunately) later be wrangled into a standardised Word template.

DEVONthink Pro for Mac and DEVONthink to Go for iOS to capture and archive randoms information that may prove useful in the future, and allowing me to later summon that information at will, making me look smart. I’ve given up on Bear in favour of using DEVONthink for note-taking as well.

OmniFocus for managing every single element of my working (and personal) life. Without this app, I’d be lost.

NotePlan for simple daily to-dos and day logging/journaling. It’s combination of Markdown and reminders is fascinatingly simple.

iOS Only

Harmonizely allows clients to book time with me, and is the best (only?) service that works with Fastmail CalDAV calendars.

GoodNotes is the app I use to markup documents with my Apple Pencil.


Apple iMac 27″, 2019 is new on the block. I got one without a Fusion drive, opting instead for complete SSD storage. It’s a beautiful screen to use, and easily fast enough for my needs. Compared to my laptop, it positively screams.

MacBook Pro 13″ late 2013 which is getting a bit long in tooth, but is generally able to do everything I need from it (and it has a full range of ports!). I plug this into a 27″ (non-retina) Cinema Display at my desk. I have no temptation to upgrade to a new laptop because I really don’t like the direction that Apple has taken its MacBook Pro lineup. I think my next Mac will be an iMac.

iPad Pro 10.5”, which I love to use. It’s just a joy, and I wish I could use it for every element of my work.

iPhone XR; I am happy with this phone personal computer.

Apple Watch Series 1. This does typical Apple Watch stuff like notifications, calendar alerts and fitness tracking. I have some apps installed but rarely use them. This device keeps on keeping on. The technology is now old, but the battery is surviving and it does what I need (except for swim tracking).