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Wednesday November 3, 1999

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Skulking through past issues

In Monday's issue we invited you jr. skulkers to answer why clicking on this URL:


will cause most web browsers to go the the WebSkulker FAQ page?  We will give the answer on Friday.  The only response we received so far is from Jr. Skulker Uncle Brucie who got one out of three parts of the answer correct.  We invite all of you to keep working on this contest and see if anyone can email with a complete answer before Friday.

In yesterday's issue we discussed two talking caller ID devices, but forget to mention our favorite feature that both of these devices have and we have never seen anywhere else.  Your telephone company probably has a feature with a name something like "Anonymous Call Rejection", often called "block the blocker".  This is for people who have caller ID boxes and don't want to talk to anyone who blocks their id.  If you have this feature turned on and someone calls with their id blocked, they will get a recording from the phone company telling them that your number doesn't accept blocked calls and perhaps explaining how they can unblock and call you back with their id showing.

This feature expresses WebSkulker's sentiments because he won't answer the phone for people who block, but he refuses to use this feature because it is too strong.  We have seen situations where people were calling from a blocked phone that they had no control over and simply could not unblock.  For example a friend was in a hospital for several weeks and all the outgoing lines were blocked.  The PBX system wouldn't allow a patient to dial a code to unblock, so if we had Anonymous Call Rejection the friend would not have been able to call.  WebSkulker has been to cities where calls made from his cellular phone were coming through as blocked and because of quirks in the roaming arrangement he could not send any codes to unblock.

Both the Meridian 9516 CW and the Microsoft Cordless Phones solve this dilemma with a feature that lets you record a message in your own voice to be played only to people who block their caller ID, and then allows them to leave a message.  We call this our "punishment message" and made it long and boring.  It explains why we feel strongly about blocking and gives the code to unblock if they want to call again.  But if they can't use the code or refuse, at least they can leave a message and we can call them back.  Of course we might also be listening to them over the monitor speaker as they leave their message and might pick up if they have a good excuse for blocking.

WebSkulker's favorite long distance plans

In the past we have discussed several legal ways of making free long distance phone calls.  (Go to the archive and search on these words:  free NEAR long distance)  We have been getting some questions lately about the best regular long distance plans, and these three sites should give you all the information.  The first is run by an independent salesman who is an agent for many of the smaller long distance companies.  WebSkulker and some of his friends have been dealing with this guy for years and like the rates he has been able to get for us.  Go to his page and click on "The Rates".

The second site is apparently run mainly as a hobby, but they get referral fees from some long distance carriers.  They ask that if you want to visit a carrier's site to sign up for a plan, please do it via the link on their page as they might get a commission.  The third site specializes in keeping up to date with rate plans of the "1010" companies.  You probably don't want to make all your calls this way, especially not with the companies you see on TV because they are generally rip-offs, but it often makes sense to have a default carrier for calls in the U.S. and use 1010 codes to call overseas.

Skulking around old phone ads

This site "presents images and database information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955. Ad*Access concentrates on five main subject areas: Radio, Television, Transportation, Beauty and Hygiene, and World War II..."

WebSkulker enjoys reading about the history of telephone systems, so we liked this site because of the ads placed by Western Electric through the years.  Go to the search page and do two searches, one on "telephone" and and the other on "Western Electric" to get some good examples.

See perhaps the world's first portable computer:

You can also learn why it's good for a table radio to weigh 300 pounds:

Skulking around TV ads

"The Ad Critic was created for those who find advertising more than just an annoyance between TV shows. Advertising is a part of every culture. With 96% of households with TV's, and only 92% with running water, it's no wonder."  Their site contains hundreds of current and past ads in QuickTime format.  If you need the plug-in, get it from:

Be sure to check out the Top 10.

This made WebSkulker laugh

Submitted by Jr. Skulker Randy Solton

You might be a Redneck if...

The Halloween pumpkin on your front porch has more teeth than your spouse.

You let your twelve-year-old daughter smoke at the dinner table in front of her kids.

Last year you hid Easter eggs under cow pies.

You've been married three times and still have the same in-laws.

You think a woman who is "out of your league" bowls on a different night.

Jack Daniels makes your list of "Most Admired People."

You wonder how service stations keep their restrooms so clean.

Anyone in your family ever died right after saying, "Hey, y'all watch this!"

You've got more than one brother named 'Darryl.' 

You think that Dom Perignon is a Mafia leader.

Your wife's hairdo was once ruined by a ceiling fan.

Your Junior/Senior Prom had a Daycare.

You think the last words to The Star Spangled Banner are, "Gentlemen, start your engines."

You lit a match in the bathroom and your house exploded right off its wheels.

You take a six-pack cooler to church.

You had to remove a toothpick for your wedding pictures.

The bluebook value of your truck goes up and down, depending on how much gas it has in it.

You have to go outside to get something out of the 'fridge.

One of your kids was born on a pool table.

Your dad walks you to school because you are both in the same grade.

You need one more hole punched in your card to get a freebie at the House of Tattoos.

You have flowers planted in a bathroom fixture in your front yard.

You dated one of your parents' current spouses in high school.

You think loading the dishwasher means getting your wife drunk.

Your school fight song is "Dueling Banjos."

Your toilet paper has page numbers on it. 

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