The point isn't that a high end Mac costs more than a high end PC.
It's that most people don't need high end computers, but if you want a Mac, you end up paying for those features anyway.
If a slower 2nd tier processer, 2GB of RAM, and a 120GB drive are good enough, you can save a lot of money if not buying a Mac.
It's really kinda sad how many people here are:
a) Trying to "solve" this womans problems (like explaining how to connect to a DSL routed w/o installing software, or suggesting OO for MS Office replacement). She didn't post a question this is a news article and we all know how to solve her problems, that isn't the point
b) Trying to blame her for being an idiot, airhead, dumbass whatever.
The point is, almost everyone is an idiot, dumbass, airhead. Most people on this site are in the top couple percent in terms of tech knowledge and probably overall intelligence.
Most people are stupid.
They can't figure this crap out.
They never will.
Just remember when you think to yourself "this is easy", for most the population, it is impossible to comprehend. People are dumb.
Heck, we (Americans) RE-elected Bush. Think about that...
The solution of this problem is trivial and is left as an exercise for the reader.