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WebSkulker has been noticed by USA Today and was named one of their
hot sites for yesterday, 11/15/99. You can see the mention at http://www.usatoday.com/life/cyber/chc1115.htm
They sent us an email message saying that this may also appear
shortly in the New and Notable column in the Wednesday Life section of
the newspaper, possibly this week.
issue we gave out a phone number and PIN code that was
supposed to let all you jr. skulkers make free phone calls for the
rest of November. This was said to be a beta test of a new
network that would start charging in December. That PIN quit
working sometime in the morning, and again we hope that we weren't
duped into giving out the code of a paying subscriber. Oh
well. Please remember that in past issues WebSkulker really has
told you how to make free long distance calls and those web sites
still work. http://www.centrecom.com
will give you the equivalent of a $50 prepaid calling card totally
free and with no obligation. For details and instructions, see
these archived issues:
will put through unlimited calls for free to any phone in the
U.S., but you use the Internet connection at your end so the quality
might not be very good if you are on a slow modem. See:
This used to work very well, but it is getting busy in the daytime
and evening because they have a limited number of ports available for
dialing out the phone calls.
another way skulkers can harm you
There are many Internet sites such as the USA
Today one mentioned above that award a web site of the day or site of
the week. It's time for a Windows Security Bug of the Week
site because Microsoft has been issuing a whole lot of bulletins
lately about flaws in Internet Explorer that allow a "malicious
web site" to cause damage to your computer merely by
browsing. To be fair, WebSkulker subscribes to several
newsletters about computer security and other operating systems have
such problems as well. The Windows problems are reported far
more widely because it is the most used operating system.
doesn't mention every security bug because it is unlikely for most of
them to bother the average jr. skulker. Also if you visit the Microsoft
Windows Update site periodically, you
can download all the latest fixes without needing to know the details.
But some of the newly-discovered bugs are serious enough to mention
immediately, like this bulletin issued last Friday:
This is the FAQ about this bulletin:
one is a bug in the guts of the Windows 95/98 networking code that can
be exploited so easily by a web site or HTML-formatted email message
that all of you should download and install the fix right now, or wait
a week or two and it should be on the Windows Update site.
Windows NT isn't mentioned, we assume that it doesn't have the
Most web sites mentioned in WebSkulker are free so that any jr.
skulker can click on the link for immediate gratification. These
two require a credit card and charge a small amount per search, but
the information is so valuable in so many situations that we want you
to know about them. We have been using this site for years:
you want to know X, go to KnowX.com, get it? They specialize in
public records from all over the country, with a few other data
sources mixed in. Here is a list of all the searches you can
do. Click on one to get a form for that search, and on the left
will be a box with links to details about the database.
Skulker Mike Durkin suggested:
(Note that putting a "www" in front will not work, which is
Their list of services and prices is at: http://kadima.com/prices.html
Their Nationwide Index is the sort of people finder that
private detectives use, and is far more comprehensive than the
Internet phone book sites.
And finally for you cheapskate jr. skulkers that don't want to spend
any money, here is a free site for you that will give you the straight
dope on any questions you have about life. Jr. Skulker Goat Boy
submitted it and says he likes it for information on
oddball subjects and Eternal Questions. It started years ago as
a newspaper column, which were periodically
compiled into books. It has gone online in recent years, but the
format is essentially the same as it has always been: subscribers send
in a question, the author researches and publishes an answer:
is a clickable list of all questions that have ever been answered:
This site belongs to Jr. Skulker Steve
Kremer who suggested we take a look: "Free desktop
wallpaper that has something rare on the Internet...original humor.
Check it out, I promise you will laugh at least
once." These are WebSkulker's favorite pictures from the
made WebSkulker laugh
Submitted by Jr. Skulker Ms. 1133
The Land of Oz
The last four US Presidents are caught in a tornado, and off they spin to OZ.
After threatening trials and tribulations, they finally make it to the Emerald City and come before the Great Wizard. "WHAT BRINGS YOU BEFORE THE GREAT WIZARD? WHAT DO YOU WANT?"
Jimmy Carter steps forward timidly: "I had a terrible time with Iran, so I've come for some courage."
"NO PROBLEM" says the Wizard, "WHO IS NEXT?"
Ronald Reagan steps forward, "Well.., Well.., Well.., I need a brain."
"DONE" says the Wizard. "WHO COMES NEXT BEFORE THE GREAT WIZARD?"
Up steps George Bush sadly, "I'm told by the American people that I need a heart."
"I'VE HEARD IT'S TRUE" says the Wizard. "CONSIDER IT DONE."
Then there is a great silence. Bill Clinton is just standing there, looking
around, not saying a word. Irritated, the Wizard finally asks, "WELL, WHAT BRINGS YOU TO THE EMERALD CITY?"
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