January 30, 2019

What I’m using Emacs for

My use of Emacs varies with my mood, but this is how I’m using it today.

I’m using Emacs for…

  • creating formatted documents (proposals, etc.)
  • daily journaling
  • logging events in my daybook
  • writing blog posts
  • managing my finances with ledger-mode
  • tracking weight
  • recording meals
  • and general text editing.

I’m no longer using Emacs for…

  • Task management
  • Email

I’m no longer using it for email or task management. This is weird, because managing my TODOs using OrgMode is why I started using Emacs in the first place.

Using Mu4e for email is fun and neat, but it’s also quite fussy. It requires syncing with mbsync and running mu regularly, which means I have to wait 30 seconds before I can see my email. It’s also tricky viewing more than one message at a time, which I do frequently. Most emails benefit from seeing the HTML version, so I’m always hitting a V to see messages in my browser. I’m not sure this is all worth it.


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