1. Alot of people still use serial connections for various reasons. One as Justin said is something like a PalmPilot, two, I have a Super remote that connects and downloads commands via a serial connection. I won't knock a board maker unless they don't put a connection on there...different people have different needs, and you won't see a problem until you try to connect something you need...but theres no connection.
2. I think Norton Anti-Virus is okay. I actually use AVG, but When a board maker throws in a copy of Norton 2005...to me thats a bonus that I'm sure alot of people appreciate, and coupled with the built in Firewall and NVidia security software...is a decent package. Maybe for $110, a NForce 4 motherboard, and the software bundle actually isn't a real bad deal...in my opinion. For $110, I have no problem at all recommending this board to anyone, except the die hard O/Cer...... unless they upgrade the cooling on the chipset.
Thanks for your opinion... I do very much appreciate them as they make future reviews much better. I very much want you guys to tell me what you think and especially what you want to see in the future..
3. Yep, this is the board being given away.