Code in Notepad? No thanks.
I've been known to drink the 37signals Kool-Aid now and then, because I think that in the bigger picture they have a lot of good ideas about user interface design and process.
But I have to call out the crap too, and this post that compares using a camera in manual mode to writing code in a straight text editor instead of an IDE, is about as crappy as you get.
I don't know if it's just old-skool people or what, but writing code in a text editor doesn't get you a badge of honor or a gold star. Nobody cares. You want an analogy? Using a text editor instead of an IDE because you want to be "in control" is like rubbing two sticks together to make a fire when you have a flame thrower available to you. Why waste your time? If you know how to use the flame thrower, you can do a whole lot more, and do it faster.