A option for more verbosity in the popular clients would not be a bad thing.
I believe that, even when mining solo, Phoenix displays a message every time that a hash is found that meets at least difficulty > 1.
Cool. I've never used Phoenix, only poclbm.
I'd been meaning to look at the poclbm source and add something similar myself. There's something I love about a visual representation of the gradual progress a computer makes while crunching a big task.
Reminds me of the times I'd wait days for my machine to plot a Mandelbrot or or complete a download at 800 Bps.