Account Sign Up & Activation

You can read more about why we have chosen this route in my forum post "v2.0 OS Released!".
Note that we are accepting donations directly via PayPal and via credit or debit card. If you are in an EU country and would prefer to contribute via bank wire, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Here are instructions to help guide you through the process:

  • If you are paying via direct paypal payment:
    • Go to PayPal pool page directly.
    • Click "Chip In" and login to paypal and pay from your default funding source
  • OR if you prefer to pay with a credit or debit card:
    • Go to PayPal pool page or use the Donate button.
    • If at the PayPal pool page, click "Chip In".
    • Use the grey "Pay as Guest" button at the bottom of the PayPal pool page, rather than logging in to PayPal.  This will take you to a page where you can enter your card information.

Regardless of which method of payment you choose, please *do not click "Chip in anonymously"* as it will make it more difficult to determine what your account detals are for activation.  Similarly, if you use a different email address for payment then you are using for the Owners Portal, please communicate directly with me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let me know what your contact information is for each so that I can activate your account within a timely manner.

It might make sense use the same username & password for our Owners Portal and the Community Forums for the sake of simplicity in password management (the databases are not connected). This can also help me identify your account more easily across the board, as I don't always know who is who without this information.

When you have completed the PayPal pool donation, if you have not already done so, please return to owner.johnbowen.com to complete the signup process with the guidelines above in mind.