Low End Laundry

I’ve been living on my own for three months – and doing my own laundry a lot longer than that. I’ve made several changes in recent months after getting feedback from others on Facebook. Today I’m going to look at the world’s cheapest fabric softener, an inexpensive pretreat for stains that you can make yourself, […]

Using an iPhone in the Google Universe

The world certainly has changed since the late 1990s, when there were only two significant personal computing platforms – Windows with about 95% of the market, Mac at about 5%, and a tiny sliver of Linux users. Today we have mobile operating systems and another personal computing choice, Chrome OS. But what if you want […]

The Big Fund Raiser: Results

In early December, I challenged the Low End Mac community to help me pay off a debt to the IRS. Although the total due was just under $7,000, with other expenses and factoring in PayPal fees, I set the goal at $8,000. You all came through in a big way, and I thank you!

Used iPhones Are Undermining the iPod touch

In October 2001, Apple introduced the original 5 GB iPod with FireWire as its only data and charging port. Steve Jobs previewed the original iPhone in January 2007 – ten years ago and just over five years after iPod introduction. The iPhone shipped at the end of June 2007, and released the first iPod touch […]

Our Big Fund Raiser

Due to some changes in the household, Low End Mac needs to get rid of one big debt fast. The business, such as it is, owes the IRS just under $7,000, and our monthly payment is $250. In recent months, donations have been short of our budget, and I’ve made some adjustments. The biggest thing […]

Low End Living Takes an Unexpected Turn

This has been an interesting year, to put it mildly. After nearly 4 years, I lost my job in June and went on unemployment for the first time in 24 years. That was a financial shock from which we never recovered – I suddenly had about 40% less income per week – and the job […]