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Friday November 12, 1999

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The business card for rich skulkers

This company makes CD's cut into odd sizes and shapes such as the shape of a business card with rounded edges, yet they can still be read by most CD drives.  They suggest that you have your business card copy printed on the top and then hand them out as business cards, but unlike an ordinary card, the recipient can put these in their CD player and see a sample of the software, music, or whatever it is that you do.  The company can mass produce the cards, or they sell blank recordable CD's in these odd shapes to record and label yourself.  These are pretty expensive, but if you are in the computer or music industries and need an impressive business card, these might make sense.

When composing your business card, wouldn't it be fun to have your phone number spelled out in letters if words can be made from the digits in your number?  In our 9/30/99 issue we told you about the site that will help you do this.  Jr. Skulker Uncle Brucie suggested that we also tell you about the site which does the same job, but in five languages in addition to English.

Has your boot disk been skulked?

There are many situations in which the more technically oriented of you jr. skulkers might need a boot floppy disk for a particular operating system.  Jr. Skulker Frank Telles suggested this site which has a lot of boot floppy images that can be downloaded and installed onto a floppy disk.  The site also has a great deal of information and links about drivers, CMOS settings, hard drive jumpers, and more.

Skulking germs of truth in legends

In yesterday's issue we gave three links to sites that discussed myths about computer viruses and email chain letter.  Jr. Skulker Batteryman suggested the above site which has some of that same topic, but also talks about "urban legends" concerning the real world outside of the Internet.  WebSkulker learned from this site that something he always assumed was a legend actually has some truth behind it.  Have you ever gotten an email message from a friend -- telling you of course to FORWARD THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW -- warning that strangers might call you and ask you to press 90# on your phone, and then they would be able to make long distance calls and charge them to your line?  This sounded crazy to us and we told several people to stop passing this on.  But read this article because from some business phone systems, it can happen:

The following two sites discuss the more traditional urban legends of the real world that have been hanging around forever:
WebSkulker learned from this one that vinyl records can be made, and actually were made, that would play different material depending on precisely where you set down the needle at the beginning of the record!

Skulking Bill in the face

This site has a PacMan-like game in Shockwave format featuring Bill Gates.  "You have to first get through the court house and then make your way to the World TV, while gobbling up as much money as you can.  But look out for the pies!"  (Bill once got pied in the face while visiting Belgium.)  To play this game, press the Start button with your mouse, then use the arrow keys to move Bill around the maze.

This made WebSkulker laugh

Submitted by Jr. Skulker Tom McWilliams

Two young guys were picked up by the cops for smoking marijuana and appeared in court on Friday before the judge. The judge said, "You seem like nice young men, and I'd like to give you a second chance rather than jail time. I want you to go out this weekend and try to show others the evils of drug use and get them to give up drugs forever. I'll see you back in court Monday."

Monday, the two guys were in court, and the judge said to the first one, "How did you do over the weekend?"  "Well, your honor, I persuaded 17 people to give up drugs forever."  "17 people? That's wonderful! What did you tell them?"

"I used a diagram, your honor. I drew two circles like this: O o... And told them this (the big circle) is your brain before drugs and this (small circle) is your brain after drugs."

"That's admirable!" said the judge. To the second boy the judge said, "And you, how did you do?"  "Well, your honor, I persuaded 156 people to give up drugs forever."  "156 people! That's amazing! How did you manage to do that!"

"Well, I used a similar approach. I drew two circles ...o O ". . . And said (pointing to the small circle) "this is your asshole before prison . . ."


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