March 2, 2022

Derek Sivers on Plain Text Files

Derek Sivers, on

My written words are my most precious asset. They are also a history of my life. That’s why I only use plain text files. They are the most reliable, flexible, and long-lasting option. Here’s why.

Right now I’m on the good side of this — with Obsidian being my work hub. Same with this blog, it’s basically a bunch of .md on Dropbox.

However, there are times when a managed libraries work — 1Password, Apple Notes and Photos come to mind. Still, I agree with the premise, only text files future-proofs access to your data.


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