after playing to many hands of hold'em over at yahoo. i needed another outlet to improve my trading. so i headed over to ebay. i backtested my method - find what i want, wait until the last 10 seconds then hit it. sniping the bastards... looked like it would work. so i synced up my computers time (a fast amd 1800 because nanoseconds would count) and started scanning. what did i want? hmm lets see what is ending today in the next 15 minutes. ohhh yeah scsi raid card. after looking at various models available i found one that was still cheap and would work on windows 2000. now i just had to wait for my setup. started getting nervous. there was only 10 minutes to go. should i just go in now? no the high bidder might come back in. i didnt want to spend more than $30. if i wait to the last moment my bid might not get filled, i could be just $1 short of being the high bidder and not have time to chase it. so i weighed the probabilities - i looked at the bid history. out of about 7 bids this joker was in there like 4 times. he only bid enough to be high bidder. thats when i knew i had it. just had to be patient. fortunately the auction had a hit counter in the html showing the volume of quote checks - someone out there was inpatient and it wasnt me. at T-10 seconds i filled in my bid and hit submit. then quickly hit the confirmation button. 3 seconds later auction ended and i was the proud owner of a quality scsi raid card for $1 more than previous bid i learned to be patient for the right setup. this time i clicked on the right buttons at the right time. im still left wondering - do i really need a scsi raid card when i was looking for anti virus software?