When I was young, our family had an Apple ][e that I believe enhanced my learning abilities and just made learning more fun. Now as a father, I'm looking to purchase a Mac for our 4 year old to use. For the most part, we'll use it together, but I also can see him using some educational games, educational software, and programming with less supervision as he learns more during the next few years. It also should be able to smoothly run Internet based flash games and video. I believe that the right exposure to computers at a young age is critical and I want him to have an opportunity similar to mine. We don't really have the space for the permanent setup of another desktop computer, so I was looking at laptops (iBook or Powerbook). Based on these requirements, I think I need a G4 running at least 800 MHz, but 1 GHz would be better. Is that enough power, is it too much power? EDIT - Our budget is to spend as little as possible (isn't it always), but still get something that will meet our needs. I'm thinking $400-$500. What Mac would you get for a child?