Robin Uses This

Last updated on November 11, 2017

I really enjoy reading uses this to get some ideas about what kind of tooling other people use, and of course to borrow ideas, so I thought I’d do my own version of this. This is also a page instead of a post, and I will try to keep it up to date, as my setup keeps changing.


My primary computer nowadays is a specced-out 2018 15" MacBook Pro, which is actually provided by my employer. MacOS is alright and tends to not get into the way too much.Except when the Mach kernel leaks ports, crashing user space programs.

I use a stand to bring the computer up to eye level, and Keyboardio Atreus and Magic Trackpad for human-machine-interfacing. I have been using the Colemak keyboard layout for several years on all physical keyboards due to RSI issues, and also remap caps lock to control.

I have two sets of headphones, beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro, which sound really nice, and Bose QuietComfort 35 II, which are noise-cancelling and wireless.


I use yabai & skhd to drive most of my desktop with the keyboard alone.

I write basically everything in Emacs, specifically the Mac Port, which comes with some macOS-specific tweaks. My config is custom written, and heavily leans on evil to emulate a vim layout. I use isync, notmuch, and msmtp to fetch/tag/send email, of course from inside Emacs. I also make heavy use of org-mode for both notes and to do lists. I even write this website in it.

When it comes to browsing, my browser is currently Firefox Developer Edition.

Worth mentioning as well is Dash, which provides offline documentation. I always try to be as independent as possible, so I try to have everything I need to work available offline.That also includes a local copy of all my emails.


My phone is an iPhone X, which I am quite happy with. I am not a heavy phone user, and mainly use it to stay in contact with people.

The main software I use on my phone is beorg to keep track of everything in org-mode.