Nice to see Drobe back, but sorry to see the circumstances of it.
I suppose all good things have to come to an end - and so it is with Iyonix. I can't imagine that this will do a whole lot of good for the platform (even if some will endeavour to find that this dark cloud has some unexpected silver lining). The Iyonix, let's not forget, was the last fully expandible desktop RISC OS computer - with Iyonix (and it's makers) exit from that market this will deminish the chance of a successor.
If Paul Vigay is right and there was an Iyonix II in the wings then the loss would be doubly tragic.
Unfortunately I feel this will further damage enthusiast engagement with the platform (this goes somewhat beyond the loss of the machine itself) and that will likely cause more serious long term damage.
All and all its not been a good day.
All I can do is end by thanking the Tematic Guys, John Ballance, Jack Lillington and all the others at Castle for having launched the Iyonix and supported it's users as ably as they did for so long.