a bit of background: i switched to using a Mac a couple of years ago and have been very happy with my macbook unibody ever since. My parents are both technophobes and have no interest in technology but in their older age they are both using computers and the internet a lot of the time now (aren't we all?). My parents have always purchased the cheapest windows based PCs but this has forced them no end of problems with getting viruses, malware etc... A year ago i purchased a mac mini for my mum - although she hates computers and everything about how to use them goes in one ear and out the other i have to say the mac mini has been very stable and therefore a success. it probably does too much as she doesn't do any multi media work but i suppose that doesn't matter too much. Now my father is days away from buying his third computer in about the last 6 years but he always buys the cheapest available product and then wonders why it doesn't work well and breaks down easily or slows up or gets some type of virus. he uses computers for web browsing, email and a little bit of word processing as well as itunes. i'm keen to suggest he buys a mac mini - but the cheapest version is £649 (GBP) in the UK - he could re-use a display and then buy an apple keyboard. i think he would find he would have a more stable computer if he changed to a mac. My main question: is a mac mini worth it for him and is it value for money? Please let me know your thoughts and if you don't think so then please suggest alternatives. Finally is apple care on a mac mini worth it?