Since some laptop manufacturers are opting not to include a serial com port in their product, I'm wondering if there is an adapter that will allow a connetion from any of the other more popular port types (USB, Firewire, or even from a ethernet port, etc) to the console port for initial configuration?
If not, what happens when serial com ports no longer exist??
One other thing to note is that with the USB to serial cables i have come across you cannot send a break which you need to be able to do for password recovery.
My current work laptop has no serial port but i have still kept one of my older work laptops and this is the one i always take if i am doing work on site.