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ISSN: 1527-814X Wednesday February 16, 2000

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Windows 2000 Skulker Edition

Microsoft is officially launching the three versions of Windows 2000 this week and it should be available in stores shortly.  None of the versions is intended for home users, but many of you jr. skulkers will be using Windows 2000 Professional (like Windows NT Workstation) at work and the more sophisticated Windows users among you might want to try it out on one machine at home (but leave yourself at least one Windows 98 machine or a dual-boot setup for games and special hardware devices that might not work at this time under 2000).

The first link above is a step-by-step detailed tutorial on how to prepare for and install Windows 2000, either on an empty hard drive, or upgrading an existing system.  The second link is Microsoft's home page for the products with descriptions and sales pitches.  The third link is Microsoft's information on how to upgrade.

Skulk the phone prefixes in your area

At first glance this site doesn't look very interesting; it appears to be yet another page that gives the location for an area code, an area code/prefix combination, or an international country/city code.  But you can use wildcards, so for example you can say 415 for the area code, leave the prefix blank, and get a complete list; or put a one or two digit number in the prefix field and get all prefixes that match.

Here's the best part:  the prefix list identifies the company that controls that prefix.  It might be your local phone company, or an alternate local carrier, cellular or paging service, etc.

Free postage for your skulk mail

WebSkulker has had a Pitney Bowes postage meter for years for his business.  A jr. skulker (WebSkulker forgets who) suggested that he try as a new concept in postage that anyone can use without buying any equipment: you print electronic stamps from your computer printer, and the price gets deducted from an account.  As is usual for Internet businesses, gives you $20 in free postage when you sign up, so you can experiment with the service and mail a few letters without having to give them any money.  There is no monthly fee to keep the service, but you pay a 10% surcharge for postage you print, with a minimum of $1.99 per month and a maximum of $19.99 for heavy mailers.

For technical information about how this system works and especially how the Post Office makes sure that you aren't duplicating the "stamps" you print, see:

Skulking political humor

The Full Deck is "a weekly political humor magazine. We're non partisan and represent a wide range of political ideologies.  As far as we're concerned, if it's funny and topical, it belongs here. We make The Full Deck because we enjoy helping other people laugh and think. Every week we provide new content without underestimating our audience. You have to work a little harder to get some of the humor, but we think the payoff is worthwhile."

This made WebSkulker laugh

Submitted by Jr. Skulker Belinda Navarrete

Conversation with God 

A man was wandering around in a field, thinking about how good his wife had been to him, and how fortunate he was to have her. 

He asked God, "Why did you make her so kind hearted?"
The Lord responded, "So you could love her, my son." 

"Why did you make her so good looking?"
"So you could love her, my son." 

"Why did you make her such a good cook?"
"So you could love her, my son." 

The man thought about this. Then he said, "I don't mean to seem ungrateful or anything, but why did you make her so stupid?" 

"So she could love you, my son."


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