Chip is really staying on task to get these boards shipped to you. Last night when I left Parallax he was still there with David, sorting out the process to test/characterize them. It's a process of programming the FTDI chip, checking the power supply voltages, and hopefully passing the boards. There's a RasPi doing much of the work. I see this getting accomplished if we can minimize demands on Chip elsewhere.
We have about 135 orders but probably around 100 boards (+/- depending on yield results). This means we'll need to make some decisions, which will largely be left to Chip. The priority seems to be tool developers and contributors to the design, sequence in which orders were placed, providing one instead of two (about eight people ordered two units), etc. This is what that big red text wall was about on the order page, so hopefully nobody gets too irate with us if your Chipmas doesn't happen.
A few photos are below.