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ISSN: 1527-814X Thursday March 16, 2000

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All jr. skulkers should register for this immediately!

Forget what this site is supposed to be for: here is what jr. skulkers can use it for and why it is so important that you register with them and set up your account immediately:  they will give you 500 Mb of online storage totally free which you can use for backing up important directories on your PC (and someday Macs also), but you must register by March 22 to get that large amount of space, otherwise you will only get 25 Mb free and have to pay for more.  WebSkulker was about to write an article about other free storage sites which only give maybe 25-50 Mb free, but this one is better so you should really take advantage of's offer immediately.  Do it now!  (Their web site doesn't mention this 500 Mb offer, but WebSkulker got email from them talking about it).  

Fusionone is currently in beta test and many of the functions aren't yet implemented, but the automatic backup of your PC files does work now.  They never use the word "backup", instead they talk about "synchronizing" your address book, calendar, ToDo list, browser bookmarks, etc. across multiple PC's, Macs, and handheld devices such as Palms and smart cell phones. They don't talk about it much, but you can also specify complete folders on your PC, such as your word processing documents, spreadsheets, financial data -- whatever is important for you to backup -- and their software will upload these to their server.

Go to the above site, click on "Sign up for free beta" and fill out the form.  But that's not enough: you also need to login to your account, and at the bottom of the main screen you will see "Connect a device or web service".  Click on "Windows PC" (assuming you have one) and follow the steps to download their software, configure it, and do one synchronization process by March 22.  If you use Microsoft Outlook and possibly other organizers, the PC software will offer to synchronize your address book, etc. and you should turn on all those options to see how this works.  Another choice in the PC software is "Choose folder".  Click on that to set up folders to synchronize and thereby backup.  You can now click the Sync button whenever you want, or set up automatic synchronization by time.

After synchronizing some data, go back to their web site, login, and choose device eDock.  This sets up an interface between your data and another web site they run:

Once you set this eDock device up, you can log in to the eDock web site and see all your phone book, calendar, etc. entries, your bookmarks, and any other files you synchronized from any Internet-connected computer in the world.  You can set up multiple Windows PC devices and each time any of them are synchronized, they will pick up a copy of the the data from the other computers, so you can keep identical phone books, bookmarks, etc. on your home and work machines, for example.

Note: backing up large amounts of data from your PC to works very well with a DSL line or other high-speed Internet access, but will be very slow and perhaps not too practical with a modem, but synchronizing phone books, etc. should be fine with a modem.

Another note: if you accidentally erase one or more files from your PC, the next time you do a synchronization they will NOT be restored automatically.  Instead, the sync process will assume that you deleted the files purposely and will ask you if you also want them deleted on all the other devices.  Answer "No" so the backup copy will be retained!  Now log into eDock, go to Files, find the erased file(s), move the mouse over a filename, and click the RIGHT mouse button.  With Internet Explorer, choose "Save Target As" to download the file to your PC.  With Netscape, choose "Save Link As", but there is a problem: Netscape will lose track of the filename for some reason.  Download it by whatever name Netscape says, then rename it to the correct name.

WebSkulker is jealous

Jr. Skulker Uncle Brucie suggested the first link, which is an article about cruise ships installing mini-cell sites on board so passengers can use their cell phones aboard the ship to make and receive calls.  This will probably be very expensive!  There is a hint in the article that this will be for GSM phones on the 900 Mhz band only, which is the international standard, but will not work with any American cell phones.  Most American phones aren't GSM, and the GSM ones are on a different frequency band.

The second and third links were skulked out by Ms. Cat with no help from humans.  The second is an article about cell phone companies in Asia offering dating services based on smart cell phones.  You dial a code, punch in a description of who you want to meet, and the phone will beep when the system finds you a match.  The article claims that the service can even be programmed to know where you and potential matches are currently located, and will tell you matches who happen to be nearby.

The third link is to the Sunday service mentioned in the article.  You jr. skulkers are welcome to sign up for a web-based version of the dating service, and you will see places on the application form where it alludes to the cell phone service.

Using old joysticks for PC skulking

"Do you have a joystick or gamepad that you just love, but isn't available for your PC? Are the awful PC-compatible gamepads making you long for the days of the Atari 2600 and your beloved Wico-stick? Do you miss your 'superergo' Jaguar joypad? If so, then DirectPad Pro is for you!  DirectPad Pro is a combination hardware/software interface that allows Windows 95 and 98 to utilize PlayStation, Saturn, Atari, Genesis, Jaguar, SNES, and other kinds of console joysticks and keypads on PCs. All of the interfaces require minimal wiring and operate through a free parallel port. Any Windows DirectX compatible game can use these interfaces automatically!"

This was submitted by Jr. Skulker Jilted_Child.

WebSkulker's cat thinks this is so sweet

Jr. Skulker NoReality told us about this site that is a virtual pet cemetery.  Once would think that this is a joke, but no, the people who submitted epitaphs for posting seem quite serious.  Ms. Cat was touched and insisted that WebSkulker post this.  The first link has some short examples, the second link has links for submitting your own entry and many other epitaphs.

These made WebSkulker laugh

Submitted by Jr. Skulker Ms. 1133

A sweet little boy surprised his grandmother one morning and brought her a cup of coffee. He made it himself and was so proud. He anxiously waited to hear the verdict on the quality of the coffee.

The grandmother had never in her life had such a bad cup of coffee, and as she forced down the last sip she noticed three of those little green army guys in the bottom of the cup. She asked, "Honey, why would three little green army guys be in the bottom of my cup?"

Her grandson replied, "You know grandma, it's like on TV, 'The best part of waking up is soldiers in your cup.' " 


Ask any man, and he will tell you that any woman's ultimate fantasy is to have two men at once. 

While this has been verified by a recent sociological study, it appears that most men do not realize that in this fantasy, one man is cooking and the other man is cleaning.


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