You could try one of the MANY pre-packaged servers out there. My personal favorites are PHPerl2 [http://phperl2.sf.net] for an Apache-based solution and Abyss Webserver [http://www.aprelium.com/] for a smaller (and easier to manage) solution. PHPerl2 is Windows-only, but Abyss runs on quite a few platforms. I found them both very easy to install, but I had prior experience installing Apache on my box. If you still need help feel free to e-mail me
How is it that you guys know that a web server would not be a good thing for him without even asking what sort of system he is running. For all you guys know he could be running a system with dual P4s and 2 gigs of ram with a fiber optic cable running in through his window.