To lie or keep in hiding, as for some evil reason. To move or go in a mean, stealthy manner.
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WebSkulker apologizes for not publishing an issue since last December, but it isn't his fault. As you loyal jr. skulkers know -- and new jr. skulkers can learn from our FAQ and Ms. Cat pages -- this newsletter is actually written by WebSkulker's cat. She dictates the issues as WebSkulker types. Ms. Cat got bored with the newsletter and decided to go into the porn business instead -- kitty porn. She refused to dictate any more newsletters until WebSkulker helped her finish the disgusting site mentioned above that has 200 naked pussies dancing and singing for your pleasure. Strangely this site is rated G.
Even after that site was finished, she was bored and wouldn't dictate newsletters. Jr. Skulker Numike suggested showing her the Temple of the Sacred Cat at http://www.vcnet.com/valkat/temple.html, but that just boosted her ego and made her worse.
suggested threats and these finally did the trick. WebSkulker
had her go to
Then he threatened to
buy her one of these new cat carriers:
Finally he pointed out that
she isn't a kitten any more, yet the Bonsai Kitten techniques might
still work to turn her into a cube or Klein bottle:
Cat still wouldn't dictate, but this final threat worked. Jr.
Skulker Chris thought the SoloTrek device at
WebSkulker has mentioned registrar sites that will register a domain name for you at a much lower price than NetworkSolutions. Jr. Skulker Batteryman believes that godaddy is the cheapest at $8.95 per year, or less.
issue mentioned a page for people interested in computer
programming with the source code for a minimal program written in 204
different computer languages. The sample program in each
language would merely write the words "Hello world" on the
screen, but such samples are useful to give some feel for the
languages. Jr. Skulker Randy Solton told us about a similar
page, except that this one has sample programs in 227 languages that
display all the lines of the "99 Bottles of Beer" song:
WebSkulker found another one that shows
"quines" written in 53 programming languages:
Our 9/16/99 issue mentioned a couple of sites that let you read your POP3 email while traveling from any web browser, be it at a friend's house or an Internet cafe. Margo Gibson suggests http://www.mail2web.com for the same function.
Jr. Skulker Cary Roberts told us about this series of cartoons on how to detect leaks in pressurized telephone cables. They are entertaining, and no matter how much you may think you are a phone phreak, you probably don't know anything about this specialty.
"Attention, cartoon buffs! If you haven't yet had the opportunity to meet what possibly could be the world's two greatest leak locating experts, you're in for a treat. This part of the AirTalk web site follows the adventures of Tip and Ring, leak detectives. Follow their meteoric rise from 'old school' leak locating rookies to modern flow analysis superstars. Marvel at the breadth and depth of their air pressure genius. And feel free to ask yourself the inevitable: 'How could these two seemingly ordinary guys really be that cool?'"
Seriously, if WebSkulker wanted to, he could send out issues of the newsletter by email that would self-destruct and become unreadable after some number of days. This is a weird concept because you would think that once you receive an email message and store it on your hard drive, that there is no way the sender could cause it to disappear. And in a way you would be right because the message copied to the recipient's hard drive doesn't change at all, but the recipient will find that they can't read the message any more after so many days.
This magic takes an encryption scheme and a lot of complexity, but disappearing.com makes it trivial to use and gives the technology away for free for personal use. You download and install their software and it becomes an add-in for Microsoft Outlook. Sorry, no other email programs will work, not even Outlook Express. After installing the software in Outlook, you will see a "Send Disappearing Email" button next to the normal "Send" button, and form fields for specifying whether attachments as well as the email text should disappear, and the number of days the message can be read. When you press "Send Disappearing Email", the software contacts their server to get a serial number for the message and a unique encryption key. The message is encrypted and send to the recipient in the form of this encrypted, unreadable, text.
If the recipient also uses Outlook and has the disappearing.com software installed, then the message will look to them just like any other message because the special software will recognize an encrypted message, contact the server to get the encryption key for this message serial number, and decrypt it automatically. If the recipient uses a different email program that can read HTML messages, then the process is still pretty much automatic because a disappearing.com message is wrapped in HTML and script that will cause a connection to the disappearing.com server to get the key, etc.
So what makes the message disappear, or become unreadable, after so many days? The server will refuse to give out the key after that, so it becomes impossible to decrypt the message. They claim that they permanently destroy the key so that even they can't reconstruct the message after that date.
This video is almost as good as the one about the Internet Help Desk mentioned in our 12/28/00 issue, and we urge all of you jr. skulkers to click on the link and view it. It really is former President Clinton acting in a comedy video made for the White House Correspondents Dinner earlier in 2000. The adcritic site was very slow at serving up videos as we write this. If you press Play and the video stops after several seconds, wait a while and press Play again.
Jr. Skulker The Vegan told us about this video. He also heard that we were going to mention the BonsaiKitten site and other animal cruelty satires in this issue, and asked us to balance those out with a poem about animal rights. Ms. Cat, who cringes whenever anyone uses the phrase "Cat, the other white meat", wants you to read it.
LEARNING TO BE A DUTIFUL CARNIVORE
You never feed me.
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