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ISSN: 1527-814X Monday March 6, 2000

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More free phone calls for jr. skulkers

In our 3/1/00 issue WebSkulker mentioned the service that gives you totally free 5-minute phone calls to anyone in the U.S.  Jr. Skulker Lucky225 told us about a similar service,, that he likes better because they give free phone calls up to an hour long.  You tell the site your phone number and the number you want to call.  It will call you, wait for you to answer, then connect you to your party.

To use the service, click on the link above, then click on  "Click here to give it a try".  You will now have a form showing two pictures of touchtone pads, and only the one at the left will work at first.  Use it, or your computer keyboard, to type in your phone number, including area code.  If you are dialed into the Internet on your only phone line, check the box "Wait 15 seconds" to give yourself time to disconnect your modem before the service calls you back.  Press "Next" under the touchtone pad.  Now use the pad on the right, or computer keyboard, to type in the number you want to call.  Press "Call" under the pad.  Disconnect from the Internet if necessary, but if you can possibly stay on and still receive a call, you should do so.

The system will call you and put through your call.  You will have 3 minutes to talk.  But if you can remain connected to the Internet, the web form will remain active and will count down the time left.  When your time gets low, a message will pop up telling you to click on "OK" to get another minute.  You can keep adding minutes like this for up to an hour call!

More emulators for WAP-skulking

In our 2/29 issue, WebSkulker told you about a free download to install an emulator on your PC that lets you see what the new cell phones with built-in web browsers act like.  This was a huge download of a programmer's development kit and included the emulator as one part.  We skulked around and found two other emulators that are easier to deal with.  The first doesn't work very well, but it is totally web-based and you don't need to download anything, so it's worth a try.  Go to that page, click on the picture of a cell phone that is to the right of paragraphs about The Wapalizer.  This will start the emulator in a new window.  Click on English in the cell phone's display.

Notice the two unlabeled buttons at the bottom of the phone's screen.  They choose the two menu items that are displayed at the bottom of the screen.  In between these two buttons are two scroll bars.  Press the bottom one to scroll the screen down; the top one to scroll up.  You will see a couple of sample WAP enabled sites, and you can type in URL's of other ones you know about.  Also try their Ericsson R380 emulator with the giant screen (for such a device).

The second link above is a list of many WAP enabled sites.  Click on a category, then click on a URL and this will launch it into the emulator automatically.

The third link above points to a small emulator you can download for your PC.  It has some demo applications built in, and you can go to any WAP enabled site.

Skulking and hacking

This site has a few news articles each day of interest to jr. skulkers and hackers, archives of past news articles, user contributed information, etc.

WebTripping with WebSkulker

The ever prolific Jr. Skulker NoReality suggested this site by Creative Explosions, a company that develops Flash animations for commercial websites.  When you first click on this link, you will be asked if your visit is for business or pleasure.  If you respond "business", you will get information about the company, but if you click on "pleasure" you will get a menu with games and great animations to play with.

This made WebSkulker laugh

Submitted by Jr. Skulker Greg Morkovin who believes this story is true, but WebSkulker doubts it.

Story about Neil Armstrong

On July 20, 1969, as commander of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module, Neil Armstrong was the first person to set foot on the moon. His first words after stepping on the moon, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," were televised to Earth and heard by millions. But just before he re-entered the lander, he made the enigmatic remark: "Good luck, Mr. Gorsky." 

Many people at NASA thought it was a casual remark concerning some rival Soviet cosmonaut. However, upon checking, there was no Gorsky in either the Russian or American space programs. 

Over the years, many people questioned Armstrong as to what the "Good luck, Mr. Gorsky" statement meant, but Armstrong always just smiled. On July 5, 1995, in Tampa Bay, Florida, while answering questions following a speech, a reporter brought up the 26-year-old question to Armstrong. This time he finally responded. Mr. Gorsky had died and so Neil Armstrong felt he could answer the question. 

In 1938 when he was a kid in a small mid-west town, he was playing baseball with a friend in the backyard. His friend hit a fly ball, which landed in his neighbor's yard by the bedroom windows. His neighbors were Mr. and Mrs. Gorsky. As he leaned down to pick up the ball, young Armstrong heard Mrs. Gorsky shouting at Mr. Gorsky. "Sex! You want sex?! You'll get sex when the kid next door walks on the moon!"


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