Apple has a new Mac Pro coming out shortly. It will cost $6000 for the base model. Gene will need one of those but obviously not the base model - a decent specced version will easily cost double that. There is also a $6000 monitor. Gene will also need that along with the $1000 stand. Despite Gene considering himself some kind of journalistic authority and a real big name in the Apple news/podcast community he is a complete nobody so there is no chance for Apple to even temporary loan him the Mac Pro or Monitor even just for review purposes - let alone letting him keep one for favourable coverage. I'm sure he has probably tried though and they likely laughed in his face. Anyway this means he will need to sucker more poor saps to get the $20k plus to get a well specced Mac Pro with the crazy monitor. So this might be why he felt "forced" to restart the lazy email grifting. He is probably already withholding paying rent in the new place - so he can do "his share" to contribute to the Mac Pro fund. Now it's up to everyone else to do the rest.