Just received word from Newark/Farnell/Element 14 (U.S.) that they are ready to charge my credit card and ship my R-Pi on March 30th! I pre-ordered on February 29th at 08:16 GMT, about two hours and 16 minutes into the fray, after continually failing to be able to get complete web pages to be served from RS and Farnell. Newark, Allied, etc., weren't even identified as the U.S. partners at that point. It appears that Farnell UK and Newark US coordinated my pre-order and recognized my place in the queue. I'm guessing that, since no one else has reported their R-Pi being shipped to them yet, the original 10,000 units have been corrected in China and are en route the UK (and possibly partner distribution centers in other major markets?).
I am also surmising that the March 30th shipping date means that I will be receiving one of the coveted First 10,000 Raspberry Pi boards! Please, oh, please, Oh, Please, OH, PLEEEEEEEASE!!!
Room has been made in my green-plastic-grass-filled, woven-veneer basket for a tasty chocolate Easter Egg with a delicious, gooey, raspberry nougat "centre"
The best things in life aren't things ... but, a Pi comes pretty darned close!
"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." -- W.B. Yeats
In theory, theory & practice are the same - in practice, they aren't!!!