Software developer (SoundCloud)
Who are you, and what do you do?
My name is Robert Böhnke, though I usually go by Robb. Character encoding is tricky, which is why some people prefer calling me Mr. BÃ¶hnke.
What hardware do you use?
I recently treated myself to a maxed-out 13” MacBook Air with English International keyboard layout and a matching Thunderbolt Display. A great machine and quite powerful to boot, even giving me decent framerates in 3D games.
I have a pair of Ultrasone DJ1 Pro headphones that I carry around with me all the time.
At work, my machine is a early 2011, top-of-the-line 27” iMac, probably the fastest computer I’ve ever worked on and makes for a great development machine.
I run a dual monitor set up, the other display being some 24” Samsung screen. Nothing to write home about but the extra pixels are very much appreciated.
And what software?
I use a very clever tool called F.lux to automatically adjust my monitor’s white-point based on the time of day. It takes a great amount of stress off your eyes and I urge everyone to try it out for a couple of days. It’s cross platform, too.
I’ve ditched OS X’s own Terminal.app for iTerm 2, which sports proper fullscreen, split windows, auto-completion and much more. However, its killer feature is the Hotkey window, which allows me to open a fast, fullscreen console no matter what I am currently doing. Using the awkwardly named PCKeyboardHack, I mapped my Caps Lock key to F13, which I then made the trigger for the Hotkey window – finally putting that key to a good use.
Most of my iOS and Mac development happens inside of Xcode 4. It crashes probably a few times a day but on a fast machine, I can live with that.
My text editor of choice is currently Sublime Text 2. I like it because it is fast, cross-platform, good looking and has a nice distraction free mode in which I am currently writing this interview. Someday, I’ll sit down and learn all its fancy features.
What would be your dream setup?
I’m very happy with what I currently have. My dream set up would probably be two large displays, powered by a thin and light laptop without fans that still has good graphics performance. I’m almost there.