Ordinarily, this is the sort of thing I'd post to the Linked List, but it's simply too good — extraordinarily, wonderfully good — and thus deserves your full attention.
Get yourself a lovely beverage, disconnect the phone, quit your IM client, and enjoy The True Story of Audion, by Cabel Sasser of Panic Software. One of the greatest Mac stories I've ever read. Joyous, exciting, heartbreaking. Note: most of the links are pop-up footnotes; don't skip them.
Seriously, read this. You'll thank me. Plus, there will be a quiz next week.