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Friday October 22, 1999

WebSkulker Newsletter
Oh when the saints, go skulking in

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Is your browser optimized for skulking?

This site, called Browser Tune 98, "thoroughly and safely tests close to 300 separate browser features and functions from the bedrock basics up to Dynamic HTML, Cascading Style Sheets, multimedia, streaming audio and video, Java, ActiveX/OCX, scripting, push channels, applications-and desktop-integration, virus protection, data binding, security and more."

If you are using the latest version of Internet Explorer or Netscape then everything should work fine so you don't really need most of these tests, but WebSkulker suggests that you go through them anyway as en education into all the capabilities that web browsers have nowadays.  Some of the tests will explain various security settings that you can change in your browser, and help you decide how to set them.

Is your PC fast enough for skulking tasks?

WebSkulker has been using the old Wintune program from Windows Magazine for years to analyze the performance of his PC's.  They have a new version that we suggest you run to see how your motherboard, CPU, memory, video card, and hard drive compare to other brands and models.  If you are using a recent version of Internet Explorer, you can run these tests directly from your web browser without needing to download or install any software.  Just click on the first link above.  If you are using the AOL software, that is really Internet Explorer so these tests might work, but we haven't tried it.

If you are using Netscape, or if the AOL browser won't run the tests, then click on the first link and read the documentation, then use the second link to download the free application that will test your PC.  Just install it and run it like any other downloaded program.

Skulking out more free books online

Franklin makes a product called the Rocket eBook which is a handheld electronic device with a large, high-quality, screen and very simple controls.  The purpose is to load the complete text of popular books into the eBook and then read the pages on the screen instead of buying and reading paperback books.  The system has a retail price of $349 and comes with three books in its memory.  You can buy other books online for about $20 each, download them to your PC, then connect the eBook to your PC's serial port to transfer them to the eBook's memory.  This page shows a picture of the eBook and a description:

Forget buying an eBook machine, it's way too expensive.  Instead, download a free eBook simulator for the PC called the eRocket and you can read books on your PC screen.  Click here for a description and pointers to the download site:

When you have the eRocket software installed and working, go to this page for a list of books you can download for free and read with the eRocket:

Skulking by remote control

Jr. skulkers who are under 18 should NOT go to this site.  But since they are skulkers, they will probably disobey orders and go anyway.

This made WebSkulker laugh

Submitted by Jr. Skulker Dan Dunkel


1. You Are Different And That's Bad

2. The Boy Who Died From Eating All His Vegetables 

3. Dad's New Wife Robert

4. Fun Four-Letter Words to Know and Share

5. Hammers, Screwdrivers and Scissors: An I-Can-Do-It Book

6. The Kids' Guide to Hitchhiking

7. Kathy Was So Bad Her Mom Stopped Loving Her

8. Curious George and the High-Voltage Fence

9. All Cats Go To Hell

10. The Little Sissy Who Snitched

11. Some Kittens Can Fly

12. That's It, I'm Putting You Up For Adoption

13. Grandpa Gets A Casket

14. The Magic World Inside the Abandoned Refrigerator

15. Garfield Gets a Tumor

16. The Pop-Up Book of Human Anatomy

17. Strangers Have The Best Candy

18. Whining, Kicking and Crying to Get Your Way

19. You Were An Accident

20. Things Rich Kids Have But You Never Will

21. Pop! Goes the Hamster...And Other Great Microwave Games

22. The Man In The Moon Is Actually Satan

23. Your Nightmares Are Real

24. Where Would You Like To Be Buried?

25. Eggs, Toilet Paper and Your School

26. Why Can't Mr. Fork and Ms. Electrical Outlet Be Friends?

27. Places Where Mommy and Daddy Hide Neat Things

28. Mommy Drinks Because You Cry

29. Dr. Seuss's "The Beach of Cigarette Butts and Broken Glass"


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