Audion ends at 3

Yes, I’m a wee bit behind in my web reading, having been on vacation last week, and I’m still getting caught up.
So Panic has retired Audion. Co-founder Cabel Sasser has a simply outstanding story of Audion that every Mac user should read. There is no boo-hooey, “why us?” whining, but rather a brutal examination of core business principles and personal desires, combined with a can-do, what’s-next? attitude.
I have long admired Cabel and Steven Frank, the “Panic guys” as I’ve personally referred to them. I see a kindred soul in Steven, and his office products-fetish, what’s-the-latest-and-greatest-PDA blog postings. I was an Audion 2 registered user, before converting full time to iTunes when I got my first iPod. I have been a registered user of Transmit since the days it was called Transit, and will continue to be so until something better comes down the pipe. Outside the command line, Transmit is, for me, the best FTP client out there right now on the Mac.
Personally, it is their rational reasoning, bereft of any whining on the part of big, mean, ol’ Apple–unlike other Mac developers who shall remain nameless– regarding their decision to retire Audion, rather than the decision itself, that further endears this company to my software-consuming wallet. Keep doing what you love doing, guys, because there are users out here who appreciate it.

ATPM 10.11

The November issue of About This Particular Macintosh is out. Lee’s cover is inspired. Mondo thanks to Gruber for playing along.
Ellyn explores the basics of the stock exchange, while Wes explores the discussions between “brushed metalheads and Aquaphiles”, and other happenings, in the Macintosh blogosphere. Reader Jon Allen Boone relays his computer-using saga, and how he came to switch to Mac OS X. Andrew Kator has a How-To on sharing web content.
Yours truly reviews Waterfield Design’s Medium Cargo bag, Wes examines the FrogPad USB, and Watts Martin weighs in on Nisus Writer Express 2.0. Andrew also looks at Stuffit Deluxe 9, and David Zatz compares the IOGEAR and Dr. Bott KVMs.
Cortland and iTrolls continue their strips, and we have some great desktop pictures from Ireland, courtesy of reader Mark Dickson. My favorite new segment, Frisky Freeware, explores Meterologist this month.
As always, ATPM is available in a variety pack for your reading pleasure.

Want a Rolex?

Everyone else out there seeing a huge load in Rolex-related spam? I swear, Rolex-related e-mail is between 1 in 7 to 1 in 10 of the spam I’m getting lately.
I already have a Swiss timepiece, thank you very much. It cost about a tenth of a what a typical Rolex does, and will last just as long. (For what it’s worth, my model, which is several years old, most resembles the “Regiment” blue-face stainless.)