To me it is very fitting that the first post of the “Running on Air” series is from the person who sparked and inspired the idea for the series. During one of the podcasts I was listening to, Enough, Myke Hurley of 70Decibels stated that he was running his whole podcast network from his 11″MacBook Air. That stopped me in my tracks.
This was proof that the MacBook Airs were powerful and portable enought to do anything.
If you are not famililar with 70Decibels it is a growing “network of podcasts for geeks, tech-folk and the perennially curious”. Currently the network has 12 shows with more in the works. I am a fan of the network. All the shows are really well done but some of my personal favorites include: The 512 Podcast, The Bro Show, Cooking with Brett and Myke, Enough, Home Work and The Pen Addict. The newest show was added just last week called Bionic.
I asked Myke to tell us more about how he uses his MacBook Air.
1. Who are you? What type of business are you in?
I’m Myke Hurley and I own and operate the 70Decibels Podcast Network.
2. Which model MacBook Air are you using?
I’m using the second generation, 11″ MacBook Air. I have the 1.6 Ghz i5 model, with a 128GB SSD and 4GB of RAM.
3. Why did you select the MacBook Air over other Mac models?
My main reason in going for this model was portability. That was what I wanted out of the Air line. And there’s no Mac more portable that the 11″.
4. How are you using your MacBook Air to run your business?
Previously, I did 100% of the operation of the Network on the MacBook Air. That included the recording, editing and posting of the shows. I have since moved this to a Mac mini becuase I need FireWire and an Audio in and out to work with our new mixer set up. However I still do all of the show notes and site work on the Air, as well as dealing with my general computer duties, like answering email, surfing and answering these questions!
5. Which has been the best thing about using your air to run your business?
The power and portability. It blows my mind that a machine of this size, that I can take everywhere is so fast and capable. I have never had any performance issues with the Air and I plan to use it for some time to come!
Thank you Myke for the insight and showing us what you do!