I just thought I would quickly blog about this morning’s launch. So it was announced at 6 am GMT this morning that the foundation has entered into licensed manufacture partnerships with two electronics companies, Premier Farnell and RS Components, and that these companies are now taking pre-orders for the device.
Speaking from my own experience, although I know this was the same for many others, what followed was basically the equivalent of a denial of service attack on both of these sites. The sheer weight of internet traffic brought them to their knees and it was almost impossible to get a single page to load.
I spent about two hours trying to place an order, and by the time I managed it, through the farnell export site, they had already sold out. To my surprise though I have just received an email from them saying that stock has been allocated to my order with an expected delivery date of the 12th of March. I’m still not quite sure how this happened, but if I receive a package in the post a week Monday I will be most happy.
Watch this space!