Re: Astrogirl not so nice (Sat May 22 13:09:37 1999
So what's the problem? She left you 4.9 seconds to work with didn't she? Have two browser windows open with a new bid ready to go in one, and the auction in the other. When you hit refresh in the second window and see that you've been out bid, that leaves you plenty of time to press OK in the first window. Of course there's the question of whether or not your data will make it to eBay in the remaining 4.5 seconds, but you stand a fair chance. If you're worried about it, toss that 56k modem and get a ADSL or a T-1 line. That should reduce your packet latency and give you a saftey margin. Plus it's good for Quake too. Then build yourself a local web page containing the auction that does auto refresh. That should save you a good 0.4 seconds in reaction time. And if that's not enough, consider writing a perl script to monitor the auction for you. Eliminates the human factor altogether. Or, just bid the maximum you're willing to pay for it right from the start. eBay will use that as it's limit, and automatically bid whatever it takes to keep you on top. If someone bids over that, then it shouldn't matter if it's 5 seconds, minutes, or hours before the end of auction. Of course it's not as much fun that way!
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