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Wednesday October 6, 1999

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WebSkulker is busy today

This issue of the newsletter will be shorter than usual because WebSkulker needs to wake up at an ungodly early hour this morning and can't stay up to do his usual after-midnight skulking.  Everything should return to normal on Thursday.

In yesterday's issue, we told you jr. skulkers about the free offer from CentreCom which includes the equivalent of a free $50 prepaid calling card.  We promised that we would explain more about CentreCom and the fascinating relationship between your CentreCom number and the Microsoft Netmeeting product.  That explanation will have to wait until tomorrow.  If you haven't signed up for the CentreCom service yet, please read yesterday's issue and do so.

A shorter WebSkulker means you will have some free time this morning (you do allocate a fixed amount of time every day to read this, don't you?), and what better to do with your spare time than to invite your friends to subscribe to WebSkulker.  Please go to our web site and fill out the invitation form:

Skulking the web with a single floppy

QNX is a tiny operating system intended for hand-held devices, smart payphones, etc.  It's not intended to run on a PC as a replacement for Windows or anything like that, but it can be booted on a PC as a way to demo its capabilities.  From their web site, you can download a copy of QNX and install it on a boot floppy disk.  That's it: the entire operating system fits on the floppy and will not use or touch your hard drive.

When you boot your PC from that single floppy, QNX can connect to the Internet using a modem or via an Ethernet network if you have one, let you surf the web through a built-in browsing program, and let you serve web pages to others with a built-in web server.  All of this fits on the floppy -- complete operating system with network and Internet capabilities, web browser, and web server.

Don't just read about this, try it yourself!

Skulking inside the world's smallest web server

Speaking of small web servers, Stanford University claims to have the world's smallest web server.  The entire machine is the size of a box of matches, yet it contains a complete computer with the Linux operating system and web serving software.  They claim that when you go to their site, that very machine will be serving the pages you are viewing.

If you know any Unix commands, you are welcome to log on to that server and play with it; follow the instructions on the second link above.  WebSkulker will explain a little more for those Windows users who have never used the Telnet command:  Press Start, then Run, then type:
and press the OK button.  If you have the Telnet program installed, a window should pop saying:

Red Hat Linux release 5.2 (Apollo)
Kernel 2.0.36 on an i486

Type the word guest, hit Enter, and you will get logged in to that matchbox-sized server.  Then type one of the commands from the help message that was displayed.  Makes you want to buy a Unix book, doesn't it?

This made WebSkulker laugh

Submitted by Jr. Skulker Ms. 1133:

There was a man who really took care of his body.  He lifted weights & jogged six miles a day.  One day he looked in the mirror & noticed he was tan all over except for his "thingie" so he decided to do something about it.  He went to the beach, completely undressed & buried himself in the sand except for his "thingie" which he left sticking out.

Two old ladies were walking on the beach, one using a cane.  Upon seeing the "thingie" sticking up in the sand, she began to move it around with her cane. She remarked to the other lady, "There's no justice in the world"  The other lady asked what she meant.

"When I was 20 I was curious about it
When I was 30 I enjoyed it
When I was 40 I asked for it
When I was 50 I paid for it
When I was 60 I prayed for it
When I was 70 I forgot about it
Now that I'm 80, the damn things are growing wild on the beach and I'm to old
to squat!!!!!!"


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