So after getting truly addicted to MSPA, I ended up writing a little program to avoid having to check the site for updates at all hours. It's a Pesterchum icon that sits in the corner of your screen all , but quickly changes to once it notices that an UPDATE has come in. The whole thing is written in Python (so it's theoretically compatible with any OS, whether Linux, Mac, or Windows), and is designed to put as little strain as possible on Andrew's servers. And I figure since I have this thing, I may as well share it with the class.
1) Install Python (you can download it here; choose one of the Python 2.something options that fits your OS)
2) Install WXPython (you can download it here; choose the "binary" that matches both your OS and the python version you downloaded in step 1 (it will probably be Python 2.7))
3) Unzip http://swansong.determinismsucks.net/f5stuckw.zip to any directory you want.
4) Open/run the file f5stuck.pyw in that directory. If that doesn't work, try running f5stuck.py instead.
When you run it, the pesterchum face should appear in the corner of your screen. Double-clicking it will take you to the website to view whatever the latest update might be, or to the most recent page if there isn't any update it hasn't already reported. A face means that it can't access the server - that might be MSPA going to a Fedora Test Page, a problem with your internet connection, or a bug on my part.
Let me know if you have any trouble with this, or if it was useful to you!