i recently wrote a little python script which might be useful to some of you. it regularly checks if max is still running. if not, it will send out an email and restart max / launch a file you specify.
if u got apple's developer tools installed, buildapplet.app will automatically generate a standalone executable from your script, which u can then add to your login items.
hope this is useful to anyone...
ps: on my site you will also find a standalone application. this app checks if max runs once a minute and relaunches max in case it crashed. no bells, no whistles...