PHP has some neat support for retrieving html over the 'net. Just open it like a regular file. This doesn't work for SSL pages (https://) until version 4.3 (which isn't yet released). Is there any hack to get around this and have it retrieve the html of a https:// page. Perhaps going through lynx? This would be a very legitimate (university) use. Stickymail me if you want to know the specifics.