I'm finally bored of waiting for this tablet. Hope it all works out, doubt it will though. I'm moving my funds into a project I know will get somewhere because the person doing it has been communicative, accessible and above all able to work with a team instead of taking it all on for themselves; The Dragonbox Pyra. While it doesn't come anywhere near the desired uses of the Earl tablet, I suggest you all check it out. They actually post in progress shots and involve the community in decisions making. It's quite a breath of fresh air.
As for Earl, well Todd, I just want to say; you are the bright side of this whole thing. You stepped up to help out driven only by your passion and desire to help. You have put yourself in the crosshairs of a whole bunch of frustrated and bewildered backers, and you will probably get nothing back.
Mr.Rogers always said "look for the helpers" and there you are. I wish there was some way we could give a piece of my refund (if I ever get it) to you.
If you decide to stay the course I hope Jon recognizes your service and you get a gold plated Earl. You have been the only positive aspect of this whole ordeal.
To all the backers still hanging on: I hope you get your Earl and I hope it's awesome, I think we all were really excited for this device. I still am. If the smoke clears and we see a physical device I might be interested in v2.0 when Jon gets a team together that can make it happen.
To Jon: Wow. I don't know, man. I really wanted to get past the continual lack of communication, the seemingly manipulative updates, but I can't. I know it's not personal. You're not trying to make this whole project a massive frustrating failure. But it's hard to see it as anything but. I think no matter how any of us feel now we all can agree that your original vision of the Earl tablet was something we all shared and we were excited. Sadly man, you've totally squandered much of that enthusiasm.
I don't think you're a bad guy or a crook, but you fucked up and I think your first act as the lead of this project would be to admit that and take steps to correct what happened... whatever that is.
I'd like to say I know how this happened, I'd like to lay out for you exactly where you went wrong but even that isn't possible because you insulated yourself so completely that none of us REALLY know what happened or where you are at. It's a whizzle it's a wozzle... who knows. The updates were always vague and teasing. There was never any feeling like we were a part of this journey with you. Its sad. This idea you had is great. It's compelling.
I can only imagine that you wanted so badly to do this on your own terms or on a budget that you never put due diligence into assembling a team to help you manage it. Maybe that was your fatal flaw? I don't know.
Regardless I wish you all the best, but I cannot continue to wait. In the time since I ordered I've become a father, I've lost friends, I've grown. Time to move on.
Good luck everyone.