到前段时间为止我都在自己私人的工作室工作，但最近我们搬到了更大的《纽约时报》旧金山分社工作，这儿能容纳 20 人以上。所以现在我要么在旧金山金融区一座写字楼 12 层的某个格子间里工作，要么在家里的办公室中。家里更安静些，还有台台式机。
作为记者，我最有用的工具是一个在 iPhone、iPad 和 Mac 上都会用到的软件，叫 Notability。它是个简单的笔记应用，兼有实时录音功能。它可以在我重听采访录音时，直接快进至我记笔记的地方。
Who are you, and what do you do?
My name is John Markoff. I am a reporter at the New York Times, where I now cover computer science, artificial intelligence, robotics and material science. My most recent book is a sweeping history of the complicated and evolving relationship between humans and computers called Machines of Loving Grace. My office is based in San Francisco where I work from the paper’s bureau.
What hardware do you use?
And what software?
I use different word processing programs depending on the situation. My favorite is a relatively simple program called Nisus, which was written for the Macintosh many years ago and still is one of the best. I also use a popular program among authors which is called Scrivener for longer projects. And the Times has an editing system which I use for my assignments for the newspaper.
I also use most of Apple’s productivity software, such as their Contacts system, Reminders, Calendar and mail. I use Gmail extensively and use a variety of communications and messaging programs from Twitter, Facebook, Skype, FaceTime, Messages, WeChat and several more. I use databases extensively mostly via the web.
What is your ideal work environment?
Until recently I had my own private office at work, but we have moved to a larger bureau to host the more than 20 Times employees in San Francisco. So I now work either in a small cubicle on the 12th floor of an office building in the financial district of San Francisco, or in my home office which is quiet and where I have a desktop computer.
Where does your work inspiration come from?
My basic inspiration comes from a long held fascination with trying to understand the way computers and related technology are changing society. As a young man I grew up reading American investigative reporters such as I.F. Stone and Robert Scheer. They also serve as a continuing inspiration.
Recommend a useful tool for daily life.
As a reporter my most useful tool is a program that I used on both iPhone, iPad and Macintosh called Notability. It is a simple note taking program which simultaneously creates an audio file. It makes it possible for me to listen to the audio from an interview and easily jump to any point that I took a note.
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