I use multiple tools across multiple platforms, just depends what computer I'm on at the time.
Windows: Notepad, photoshop CS3 for the graphics end
Mac: KompoZer (this one is good for piecing it all together and getting a general template), TextWrangler
Linux (Ubuntu): I usually use this one when I'm loading up the site only. I use filezilla, whatever version of notepad is on there, and gimp for any last second graphics.
When it comes to brainwashing it's best to do your own laundry.