Perhaps you should look at the bigger picture and realize that the folks that are here, spending their time on this forum, are the ones most likely to actually contribute to the project. If they"re feeling disenfranchised due to the absurd level of publicity around this project and the continual pushing of it while it is quite clear that demand is going to outstrip supply by an order of magnitude or more, I don"t think that"s good for the project.
Shit happens, but OTOH every missed deadline is another 100,000 users in line for a cheap HTPC that aren"t going to contribute to the project, and it"s another 100 developers that have been waiting here for 6 months for a board that won"t get one. Personally I can wait, I"m pretty patient and have no urgent need for this board, but I really don"t think this publicity, XBMC announcement and so on is helping the project right now, and the delays only make that negative impact worse. Perhaps it just got out of hand, but the publicity is not good right now, it was too much too early and the price you pay is having unhappy users and frustrating or perhaps driving away the core of your support.
Well, publicity can be good or bad, but I don't think the Foundation has been reckless in courting publicity. As I see it, posting information on the Pi blog is more in the way of information than publicity. Forum members and hangers on who post stories about the Pi and it's abilities in places like Slashdot and HTPC interest groups are the instigators that cause the hype and insatiable desire to own a Pi. I think that is the "bigger picture", not the Foundations attempts to keep interested parties in the loop.
Would YOU or any of the other impatient ones who feel disenfranchised know about the Pi project if it were not for some "publicity"? Or would you rather, now that you know about it, prefer that the greater unwashed be kept in the dark?
To be honest, it doesn't matter WHO buys the first batch. As I understand things, the demand will drive the speed of production and the more who buy, then more will be produced. In my experience, once a flow has been established, then its far easier to keep it going. As distribution is centralised, there won't be the problems of getting stock out to wholesalers and retailers; there's a pretty direct link from the factory to the end user and I think that Pi's will get into the hands of those who want them sooner than you fear will be the case. Even if they want to use it for a media centre. Now thats a Big Picture!
I'm just a bouncer, splatterers do it with more force.....