OK. I've been asked to decide what software to purchase for a new user to the Mac platform in a university environment (thus educational prices). The user will not be doing graphic stuff such as Photoshop etc and will be able to get iWork later as part of an actual computer purchase, and there is no benefit for this user to save money! Spend it all if possible Obvious things come to mind such as Microsoft Office 2008, iLife, Roxio Toast (perhaps) or something like Yojimbo, and I'm going to suggest spending $100 on an external drive for backup purposes. I think VMWare or Parallels is also unnecessary for this particular user. This user is not a power user and so I don't feel like suggesting stuff that I find very useful like Hazel or LaunchBar. Do you have any recommendations?