@dan has already done an amazing job being in the forums and interacting with Glowforge customers. I have no doubt the lack of updates to the updates thread is purely due to there being nothing big to announce. Things aren’t ahead things aren’t behind it’s just as it should be.
I understand the worry and stress that you ordered a product that wasn’t developed and now it’s set behind, but the bar has been set pretty low. They have 6 months to take a machine that has been to several maker faires, has at least one beta out, an unkown number of potential secret beta systems and get it shipped to us.
you can look at http://community.glowforge.com/users/dan/summary
2000 posts created not sure if that includes replies.
And if it really is too stressful or if you don’t think they can deliver what you need when you need it, they aren’t holding anyone’s money hostage. Get your money back, bet on horses, put it in the bank, bring it back when it’s not pre-order and you can still have a glowforge, Or laugh at us if you want for it not coming through if it doesn’t.
I’ve gotten a bit far afield but in short there’s new information out there should you want news. Just nothing hugely noteworthy like for the updated topic.