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ISSN: 1527-814X Monday February 7, 2000

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Skulking through past issues

In our 2/3/00 issue WebSkulker gave details on how to sign up for, which he thought was the only totally free ISP that didn't force you to watch ads while you are online.  Jr. Skulker Lucky225 pointed out that you can subscribe to the free internet service at and easily bypass their ads. is one of the ones that supposedly forces you to run special software all the time you are online that takes over part of your screen space and displays a series of ads.  But is apparently pretty stupid because you don't really have to use their software; you can just go into dialup networking and use the icon that their software built, or build one of your own by following the instructions in our article about freewwweb.

We still prefer because you can sign up and establish a userid and password directly on their web site.  With you must download their software and use it to establish the userid and password, then uninstall it if you want since you would never use it again.


In our 1/27/00 issue WebSkulker mentioned a weird and mysterious web site  Jr. Skulker Paul Nes found out some more information.  These two pages appear to be indexes to the other pages:

and this page may show the author:


In our 9/22/99 issue WebSkulker mentioned a site that will test the speed of an Internet connection.  Jr. Skulker Tristan Tom told us about another speed test that is more flexible because it lets you choose the size of the test file: .  Choose a small file if you are on a dialup line or if you want to see the effect of turnaround time on a high speed line.  Choose one of the larger files for a DSL line or cable modem.

WebSkulker finds a replacement for radfind

WebSkulker used a shareware program called "RadFind" for a couple of years on all of his Windows 95 and 98 machines.  It would have been one of the first things he mentioned in the newsletter if it weren't for the fact that the developer of RadFind disappeared and no longer supported it.  At last we found a new program that does the same thing, with a lot more bells and whistles.

File Tracer is a program that searches your hard drive for all files whose names match any specifications and wildcards you wish.  Big deal, you say,  anyone can do the same thing by Start / Find / Files or Folders.  True, but the difference is speed, especially if you need to search the entire drive, or all of the folders under the Windows hierarchy.  The built-in Find command must look through every possible file every time you ask it to do a search, and this can take several minutes.

File Tracer does these same searches in a fraction of a second because it builds an index of all the files on your drive the first time you run it, and it has hooks into the operating system so that every time a file is created, renamed, or deleted, it will immediately update its index.  File Tracer is aware of abnormal shutdowns and will automatically rebuilt the index on the next boot.

WebSkulker urges all of you jr. skulkers to go to the File Tracer site and read the details.

Skulking in the middle of the desert

From time to time jr. skulkers have sent us news reports about a payphone in the middle of nowhere in the Mojave Desert in California.  WebSkulker didn't realize that this had become such a cult object until Jr. Skulker Frank Wilsey submitted the first site above.  WebSkulker did some skulking and found the second two sites.

Skulker on a stick

Jr. Skulker NoReality submitted this site "for all the people who drew stick people on their high school notebooks, college exams, etc."  See stick figures brought to life, and more importantly death, through the magic of Flash animation.

This made WebSkulker laugh

New State Mottos

Alabama: - Yes, we have electricity

Alaska: - We also take American money

Arizona: - But It's a Dry Heat

Arkansas: - Litterasy Ain't Everthing

California: - As Seen on TV

Colorado: - If You Don't Ski, Don't Bother

Connecticut: - Like Massachusetts, Only Dirtier and With Less Character

Delaware: - We Really Do Like the Chemicals in our Water

Florida: - Ask Us About Our Grandkids

Georgia: - We Put the "Fun" in Fundamentalist Extremism

Hawaii: - Haka Tiki Mou Sha'ami Leeki Toru (Death to Mainland Scum, But Leave Your Money)

Idaho: - Potatoes and Neo Nazi's ... What More Could You Ask For?

Illinois: - Please Don't Pronounce the "S"

Indiana: - 2 Billion Years Tidal Wave Free

Iowa: - We Do Amazing Things With Corn

Kansas: - Where Science Don't Mean Crap

Kentucky - Five Million People; Fifteen Last Names

Louisiana: - We're Not All Drunk Cajun Wackos, But That's Our Tourism Campaign

Maine: - We're Really Cold, But We Have Cheap Lobster

Maryland: - A Thinking Man's Delaware

Massachusetts: - Our Taxes Are Lower Than Sweden's (For Most Tax Brackets)

Michigan: - First Line of Defense From the Canadians

Minnesota: - 10,000 Lakes and 10,000,000,000,000,000,000 Mosquitoes

Mississippi: - Come Feel Better About Your Own State

Missouri: - Your Federal Flood Relief Tax Dollars at Work

Montana: - Land of the Big Sky, the Unabomber, Right-Wing Crazies, and Very Little Else

Nebraska: - Ask About Our State Motto Contest

Nevada: - Whores and Poker!

New Hampshire: - Go Away and Leave Us Alone

New Jersey: - You Want a F----n' Motto? I Got Yer F----n' Motto Right Here!

New Mexico: - Lizards Make Excellent Pets

New York: - You Have the Right to Remain Silent, You Have the Right to an Attorney...

North Carolina: - Tobacco is a Vegetable

North Dakota: - We Really are One of the 50 States!

Ohio: - At Least We're Not Michigan

Oklahoma: - Like the Play, only No Singing

Oregon: - Spotted Owl... It's What's For Dinner

Pennsylvania: - Cook With Coal

Rhode Island: - We're Not REALLY An Island

South Carolina: - Remember the Civil War? We Didn't Actually Surrender

South Dakota: - Closer Than North Dakota

Tennessee: - The Educashun State

Texas: - Si' Hablo Ing'les

Utah: - Our Jesus Is Better Than Your Jesus

Vermont: - Yep

Virginia: - Who Says Government Stiffs and Slackjaw Yokels Don't Mix?

Washington: - Help! We're Overrun By Nerds and Slackers!

Washington, D.C.: - Wanna Be Mayor?

West Virginia: - One Big Happy Family -- No, really!

Wisconsin: - Come Cut Our Cheese

Wyoming: - Where men are men and sheep are scared


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