Your dad's not stupid. I'm sure he understands the basics, if not a whole lot more, depending on what he does.
Being the last platform to embrace SSD's the Mac community is still in the honeymoon phase with SSD's. People are falling all over themselves in awe.
Finally, now that SSD's are optional on nearly every laptop made, there's little advantage across the board.
Apple was one of the first to introduce a line of mainstream notebooks that used SSDs exclusively (in October 2010). Before then, sure they were available, but they were optional on models from just about every manufacturer. I had an SSD in my late 2008 MacBook Air, and Apple also offered SSDs in late 2008 in the MacBook Pro. The first Mac that offered an SSD was the original MacBook Air, but it was a $1000 option that didn't have much uptake.
I believe you've misunderstood my post.
You'll notice I said: "Being the last platform to embrace SSD's the Mac community is still in the honeymoon phase with SSD's."A "platform" is the OS. In this case I was referring to OS X and Windows. I was not talking about hardware at all, nor did I mention any laptops.
The first OS that was specifically designed for SSD's was Windows 7, released in July of 2009.
That's true, and to this day Windows 7 does have better support for 3rd party SSDs than OS X. However, it's a stretch to say that the "Windows community" embraced SSDs before the "Mac community." Microsoft may have supported SSDs sooner, but that's not the same as the Windows community.