Low End Mac is a user-supported online resource that has been online since April 7, 1997. We cover almost everything Apple: Macs, old and new, and iPhones, iPads, iPods, Apple TV, Apple II, and some other tech as well. If you’ve found Low End Mac a helpful resource, please consider making a donation using the Donate button below.
This money pays for our mobile service, internet access, hosting, a small portion of household utility bills, insurance, taxes, some back taxes, and PayPal fees ($40-50 per month, on average).
I do have a couple 17″ iMac G5 and several Power Mac G5 computers for sale – local pickup only. (No boxes for the iMacs, and you don’t want to pay shipping on a Power Mac G5!) Contact me if you’re interested.
To Revive Some Power Mac G5s
- A power supply for a dual-processor Power Mac G5.
- At least two 3.5″ SATA drives for Power Mac G5 use. Used pulls are fine. Capacity isn’t an issue.
Because a Good Monitor Deserves to Be Used
- Apple A1096 65W power supply for 20″ Aluminum Cinema Display.
- Someday I’d love to replace the 2007 Mac mini with a 4-core Mac Pro or Mac mini that can run OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.
- Someday I’d love to find an affordable Internet service that’s a lot faster and less expensive than U-verse.
If you can help with any of these items, please email me at articles (at) lowendmac (dot) com – and thanks!
More About Low End Mac
I began publishing Low End Mac (LEM) in the early days of the World Wide Web as a way to learn about Web design and to help other Mac users get the most out of their aging Apple gear. That focus has never changed, even though the Apple spectrum is much more diverse these days. (Back then, Steve Jobs was newly returned to Apple and many wondered if Apple would survive.)
Those who write for Low End Mac try to live the low-end philosophy. I don’t draw a paycheck from LEM, nor do our writers. We are volunteers.
How I Benefit from Low End Mac
I do benefit from publishing LEM. The business, such as it is, pays for our mobile phone contracts and the internet service for our home office. It pays for hosting and services that help keep spammers out of the comments and hackers from messing up the website.
It gives me an excuse to work with and write about aging Macs – my newest is a 2.0 GHz Late 2008 Aluminum MacBook with 4 GB of system memory, which is pretty low-end by today’s standards. It has OS X 10.11 El Capitan on one partition, but I mostly use OS X 10.9 Mavericks, which I really like. I’m debating having a go at Sierra when I find the time.
My main working computer is a Mid 2007 Mac mini with 3 GB of system memory and OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. I also have a Late 2005 Power Mac G5 Dual with 3 GB of system memory set up with OS X 10.4 Tiger and 10.5 Leopard, which I use on occasion.
We don’t spend much on hardware and software. All our recent hardware acquisitions were donations, except for replacing our laser printer earlier this year – and donations paid for that. The two G5 Power Macs we purchased in 2014 cost $50 and $25 – I picked up the second so I could replace the power supply that died in the first. (I sold the keyboard that came with it for more than I paid for the second computer!)
We’re frugal at Low End Mac, but that hasn’t been enough to get by on ads and affiliate income.
At its worst, site traffic had dropped to 12% of what it was in 2007, when we averaged 1.43 million pages per month; ad income has dropped even further. We are slowly rebuilding from our low point in April 2014 – current monthly traffic levels have grown over 90% since that point. But even with that uptick in traffic, we don’t receive enough from advertising to cover expenses, so we depend on readers for support. Hosting, internet access, mobile phone service, utilities, and taxes come to about $800 per month, and we have sometimes had to dip into family income to cover Low End Mac’s expenses.
Low End Mac has always been a community-based service. Our goal is to receive $800 in monthly donations, and lots of you are already helping out. We hope to see more of you join our monthly support team, and we also hope a lot of you will make one-time donations to support LEM as well (use the Donate button on the right or above).
To set up an ongoing monthly donation, click on the Make This Recurring (Monthly) checkbox when you get to PayPal.
If we receive more than we need, we’ll be able to budget for some more used Mac gear, something faster than a 2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo. Maybe a newer-than-2007 Mac mini, a MacBook Pro, a 13″ MacBook Air, an aluminum iMac, or a quad-core Mac Pro. I’d really love to have something that can run OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard as well as current versions of OS X and with USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt, putting me a bit closer to modern standards without reaching for a quad-core i7 CPU. (Hardware donations are gladly accepted!)
Low End Mac is a hobby. My 40 hour weekly third-shift work schedule gives me little time to work on LEM except on evenings when I’m not working.
Spread the Word
Tell your friends who use Macs, iPhones, and iPads what you think of Low End Mac. (We also have some content for PC and Android users.) If you have your own website or blog, add a link to http://lowendmac.com/ If you use Facebook, Twitter, Google +, or LinkedIn, follow us there and share our links with your friends and followers. This should also help improve our Google rank, which is important to rebuilding site traffic.
If you run a business and would like to buy ad space on LEM, please contact Backbeat Media.
Spread the Wealth
We accept donations through PayPal, Chase QuickPay, Dwolla, and snail mail. Our goal is $800 in monthly support – every dollar helps.
- PayPal is the most popular method for donating funds to Low End Mac. You can use the Donate button on the right or above to make a one-time donation or sign up to support us monthly. Note that PayPal charges 30¢ per transaction plus 2.9% of the amount donated, and there are additional fees for international currency exchange. This amounts to about $40/month for us.
- Another option is Chase QuickPay, which requires that you have a US bank account and either a mobile phone number or a valid email address. You can send money using the Web or with the Chase Mobile iOS app (Android and Blackberry apps also available). Reference the email address (praying it won’t get spammed), and Chase will notify you when we have received your donation. And unlike PayPal, there are no fees. (You do not need to have a Chase account to use QuickPay.)
- Another online option is Dwolla, a one-to-one payment system. Money can transfer directly between Dwolla accounts, between bank accounts, and between a Dwolla account and a bank account. Money transfers in a flash (it takes 3-4 business days to move PayPal funds to our bank account). Dwolla is free for transactions under $10; there is a 25¢ fee for transactions $10 and above – a bit more than Chase, but cheaper than PayPal, which takes one-third of a $1 donation. Our Dwolla ID is 812-572-0170.
- If you prefer not to send funds electronically or want to ship us equipment, mail them to our home office: Cobweb Publishing, Inc, 215 Ivanhoe Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.
Please click on some of the ads and affiliate links on our site and learn more about the businesses that support Low End Mac.
If you sign up for eBay via this link, we will also receive a small fee.
Yet another way to help is through affiliate programs. If you shop through any of the following links, the vendor will recognize that your purchase came through Low End Mac and send a small fee our way.
Thank you for your support.
Dan Knight, publisher, Low End Mac
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