To lie or keep in hiding, as for some evil reason. To move or go in a mean, stealthy manner.
Monday October 4, 1999
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In the premiere issue of WebSkulker, we panned the new Apple iBook portable computer and strongly recommended buying a PC notebook instead. Apparently the French army agrees with us because they are threatening to fine any iBook owner in France up to $30,000 and 6 months in jail! Click on the above link for the entire story, but basically it is because the radio frequency that Apple chose for the wireless network adapter for the iBook happens to be allocated in France to the military, so it might cause problems if used near a military base in France. This shouldn't be a problem because there is no reason to turn on the iBook wireless adapter outside. It only works when it is nearby the matching base station inside a house or office.
In the 9/22/99 edition of WebSkulker, we mentioned a new version of Linux called WinLinux that is much easier to install and use than other versions because it installs under Windows just like any other Windows application. There is now a second Linux that installs under Windows and launches easily on a PC: "Armed Linux, the Linux for Windows Users". Armed Linux is completely free if you download it. The first link above is the home site for the product, the second link is the download page, but warning: the download file is 192MB so you had better have a cable modem or DSL line. They also sell a CD for only $11.99, which would be much more practical for most people, and it contains additional programs and documentation.
Jr. Skulker Tristan Tom suggested this site which is written by someone like WebSkulker who always pays off his credit card balance every month. Jr. skulkers who carry a balance on their credit card will probably care most about getting a low interest rate, but for those of us who don't pay interest anyway, which card has no annual fee and gives the best incentives as gifts for using the card? The first link above discusses cards that give cash back for purchases, the second link discusses cards that give frequent flyer points. The third link helps you choose a card with graphs showing the incentives based on how many dollars you buy per year using each type of card.
Tristan also suggested looking into the new Blue card from American Express because it is blue, which is like an iMac, and he likes iMac's for some reason WebSkulker will never fathom. The Blue card is pretty typical in its financial features, but has a couple of promised vaporware gimmicks for Internet users. The Blue card has a smart chip built in, as well as a magnetic stripe. American Express will give you a free (at first, $25 later) card reader that you plug in to a serial port on a PC (not a Mac). When doing online shopping, you swipe the card through the reader instead of typing in your credit card number. Big deal, but it is a nice gimmick to play with. Blue will also have a "wallet" feature that will store your name, address, etc. and help you fill in online order forms. This is also no big deal because several shareware programs are available that do the same thing.
If you hate receiving spam email messages, get over it and just delete them. WebSkulker used to spend a few minutes on each spam message trying to figure out where it really came from and trying to get the spammer's Internet service cut. He figured out after a while that this was a complete waste of time because he could just delete the spam email in about half a second.
But if you are one of those jr. skulkers who wants to punish every spammer, the SpamCop site will help a lot. Spammers usually forge the headers on their messages so an unsophisticated recipient of spam will often send nasty email to the wrong address and not only waste their time, but annoy innocent parties. Use "cut and paste" to copy the headers of an email message into a form on the SpamCop site and their server will run a program that analyzes the headers one by one, name by name, ip address by ip address, and figure out what is real and what is forged. If it can figure out where the email came from, it will tell you the email address of the administrator of that site so you can report the spam coming from there, or if you prefer, it will generate an abuse report for you.
Jr. skulkers can now play one of the hottest video games, "You don't know Jack", for free via the new Netshow version (that runs only on PC's, of course). This link gives a description; press the "Download Now" button to download the free program to your PC, then install it. The first time you run it, it will download a large number of other files, then start the game. They promise new game questions will be available every week for an automatic download.
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