thanks for the tip on jbidwatcher. giving it a try now. looks pretty awesome so far. this thing will actually pop up a photo of the item if you hover over the title, similar to AJAX web pages. too bad it's java, but if it's good and free, who cares! update: this app is great. for example, you can have it highlight all items with "lauren" in the title, and it will even create an easy to read summary html page of the lauren items, complete with pictures, price, number of bids, end time, etc. the level of customization is also nice. very impresive, and yet another example of a free app head and shoulders above of commercial SW!