TUAW played hero today, riding to the rescue of would-be iPad pre-orderers everywhere with firm news from Apple PR of just when exactly those iPad pre-orders would start:
"Customers can pre-order online at apple.com at 5:30am Pacific time on Friday, March 12."
So that's 5:30am PT, 8:30am ET, 1:30pm GT. Of course, the Apple Online Store might go down first, and who knows what delays might spring up between now and then, but for what it's worth that's currently go time.
So now the question remains: who's placing an order?!