No you haven't jumped back in time and yes it's still nearing the end of 2006.
It's like this: I happen to have some spare memory, hd, cd drives, case, and a xp-m 2600+. I used to have all this in a crappy kt400 mobo which died on me. I would like to buy something of ebay to really make the most of this xp-m that I have. I plan on playing around a little bit with it; maybe overclocking it some. This PC will be a gift to my mom for her office work. I know this pc will be more than sufficient for those apps. But I won't do that till sometime in Feb of next year.
Basically I would like the socket A experts to tell which is the best socket A mobo I can get. I am going c2c next year but I would really like to have some fun with this before then.
You might want to try for an ECS K7S5A. I've been using this with a an Athlon XP 2000 for 4 years and it's not given me a single hiccup. It's cheap, and you couldn't crash it if you tried. Arguably one of the best value motherboards ever made for Socket A.
NOTE: There are two versions of this board: the K7S5A and the K7S5A Pro. I'm not sure of the exact differences, but I believe the Pro has USB 2.0 support.