Haha you are correct Big K! I am surpirsed it's not SATA equipped as well. Is SATA any more power hungry than IDE? I'm not sure but if it is then that may be a reason why. I'm still using IDE until I get an SATA drive.
Geode isn't too bad depending on the application. I buy ALIX boards from pc-engines.ch that use the Geode processors. They work AWESOME for BSD-based firewall/routing devices.
I imagine the choice for IDE/SATA was limited by the chipset used.
EDIT: Looking more at the specs, this little box only consumes 5 watts total. Impressive! The atom-based intel mobo I have consumes much more than that. Granted the actual atom is not a power hungry beast, but the chipset on the mobo consumes over 22 watts.
The best resurrected frontend I've ever used, period.