To lie or keep in hiding, as for some evil reason.  To move or go in a mean, stealthy manner.
ISSN: 1527-814X Friday February 11, 2000

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Skulking through past issues

In yesterday's issue WebSkulker discussed the PayPal system that lets you "beam" money to your friends.  He forgot to say that Jr. Skulker T. E. Brewer submitted this, along with doing some research to answer our questions.

In yesterday's issue we also gave a phone number that lets you find out the long-distance carrier that handles a particular 800, 888, or 877 number.  We got feedback from several jr. skulkers that this number can only be called from inside California.  WebSkulker considered that possibility before writing the item and made a couple of tests that convinced him that it could be called from outside, but apparently his tests were using California facilities.

Here is how you jr. skulkers outside of California might be able to reach the number, because this worked last night:

Dialpad lets you make free calls from your PC to any phone in the U.S., and last night it seemed to place the calls from this area because we could reach 1-800-959-2000 through it.  Tonight it does not seem to work, perhaps because dialpad has ports in different states and there is some randomness in which one you get.  You will like dialpad for everything else it can do, even if you can't get this number.

See the newsletter for 10/27/99 for more information about dialpad.

Yet another way to skulk free calls

MediaRing is yet another Internet phone sort of program that you download and install, then make voice connections to other people who have the program.  But MediaRing has several additional features.  First, It can make calls from a PC to a regular phone anywhere in the world through their server.  Normally they charge for these calls, but if you click on the second link above, you will get their special promotion that lets you make 20 minute calls within the U.S. for free.

Second, MediaRing has a "knock" feature that lets you call a friend over the Internet even if they are not dialed into their ISP at the moment.  It will make several one-ring calls using your modem to alert the person that someone is trying to call them.  Hopefully they will understand and go online, then you can call them PC-to-PC for free.

Third, MediaRing will take advantage of SoundBlaster Live sound cards to let you add special effects to your voice.

Online chat with a lawyer about the law of skulking

These two sites offer all kinds of information about legal topics.  They also let you do a live text-chat with a licensed lawyer for free.  The live chat is available during limited hours and you might, of course, have to wait your turn.  The lawyers will only discuss general legal principles about your question or problem and will not give any specific legal advice.  This is partly to avoid malpractice liability, and partly because the lawyers are not likely to be licensed in your state, so they can't legally give specific advice.

This could easily happen to WebSkulker

You jr. skulkers aren't going to believe this one.  These two guys hate what they perceive as rude people who use cell phones in public.  So they stole two giant cell phone costumes, disguise themselves in them, then skulk around in public places until they spot someone using a phone.  They then run over to them, grab the phone out of their hands and smash it on the ground, then run away.  WebSkulker is serious.  Go to that site and watch videos of them doing it.

This made WebSkulker laugh

Submitted by Jr. Skulker Marvelena Quesada

Top 10 Reasons To Go To Work Naked

1. Your boss is always yelling, "I wanna see your ass in here by 8:00!"

2. Can take advantage of computer monitor radiation to work on your tan.

3. Inventive way to finally meet that special person in Human Resources.

4. "I'd love to chip in, but I left my wallet in my pants."

5. Stops those creepy guys in Marketing from looking down your blouse.

6. So that with a little help from Muzak you can add "Exotic Dancer" to your exaggerated resume.

7. People stop stealing your pens after they've seen where you keep them.

8. Diverts attention from the fact that you also came to work drunk.

9. Gives "bad hair day" a whole new meaning.

10. No one ever steals your chair.


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