This article on Ars Technica
talks about how some motives and examples of how Microsoft might be
holding back supply of the Xbox 360 console so that it spurs people
into a frenzy to go buy it whenever stocks of the machine are in. I'm
still thinking we'll be able to go to a store on launch day and pick
one up and that's what Charles and I are going to do. I'm just going to
have to tune him out as he tries to pressure me into buying a machine.