To lie or keep in hiding, as for some evil reason. To move or go in a mean, stealthy manner.
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link is to an article that talks about the TerraServer
site WebSkulker mentioned in yesterday's
issue. We mentioned that we knew about the site, but
didn't write about it before because it was so busy and hard to get
through to. According to this article, it was to a great extent
hacker attacks that caused the problem, not simply too much traffic.
Jr. Skulker Skyssx sent us the above link that shows a satellite photo, with a note: "If you are interested, here is the site of the barracks for the entire military intelligence corps. I'm in the one to the North East."
ZoneAlarm is a free program (for residential use, $19.95 for business) that seems to be every newsletter author's favorite personal firewall and all around Internet protection system. WebSkulker has been reading about it for months, but never mentioned it before because it was too buggy. Every time he downloaded the latest version he loved it and wanted to write about it, but five minutes later his PC would crash. This happened version after version, but finally the new version he installed yesterday is working perfectly, so here is the article.
A program like ZoneAlarm is most important for people who are always connected to the Internet via a DSL line or cable modem, but even if you don't need its protections, it has a lot of functions to play with. Like similar programs, it monitors all the ports on your PC and notifies you if any outside skulker tries to probe or connect to your ports. But it also watches for Internet activity from programs on your PC trying to connect outbound, so it can catch anything that an intruder has implanted, or more commonly programs that you installed, but didn't realize would send information back to their server.
When you first install ZoneAlarm, it will alert you to all Internet traffic, even email and web browsing. When you get an alert, you can tell it that this type of activity is authorized from this program, so it will never ask you again about that one. After you run every legitimate Internet program and configure ZoneAlarm for it, then everything should be automatic and you won't be bothered by alerts unless something funny is going on.
If you leave the ZoneAlarm window open, it will show an icon for each program you have running; kind of like the task bar. But the icons will blink whenever that program is doing any Internet activity. When ZoneAlarm is minimized to the system tray, it shows two activity meters for outgoing and incoming Internet traffic.
Normally WebSkulker mentions programs and products you might want to use, but he writes about this one for the curiosity factor only and doesn't recommend it. Imagitel wants to sell you a telephone that essentially has a calling card built in. It seems that you are supposed to carry it with you to hotels and friends' houses, plug it in to a modular jack, and place your calls with it. It will automatically dial a toll-free number, send touchtones representing the built-in card number, and send touchtones with the number you want to dial. It seems to WebSkulker that it would be easier to memorize your card number and just pick up any phone and dial these digits yourself.
The phone is
essentially free: you pay a deposit of $35 which they will
refund if you ever return it. The real problem is their
rates: 19.9 cents per minute! That is very high nowadays,
as you can easily get calling cards with rates of under 10 cents per
All jr. skulkers are ordered to click on this one and watch the Flash presentation called "True." There is simply nothing more that can be said.
World Ideologies Explained by Reference to Cows
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