To lie or keep in hiding, as for some evil reason. To move or go in a mean, stealthy manner.
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This site has several things for jr. skulkers to play with. WebSkulker gets the impression that their primary interest is music and politics, so you will find essays, reviews, and discussions on those topics. But the jr. skulker should be sure to check out these alternative areas of the site:
tools at: http://www.subdimension.com/nettools/sectools
proxy server for anonymous browsing at:
free web-based Usenet News reader that has a good selection of
newsgroups -- including the binary newsgroups -- at:
Many, perhaps most, jr. skulkers don't realize that people post complete songs, pictures of all sorts, and software as attachments to newsgroup messages. You need an NNTP server, hopefully provided by your ISP, and a software package to read these messages and decode the binary attachments. SubDimension provides all of this in their web-based news reader for people who don't get that service from their ISP.
Usenet News servers have a limit on how big the attachment can be in one message, so larger pictures and software files are usually broken up into multiple messages with a small attachment on each one. A proper news reading program will figure this out and automatically combine all these little attachments back into the one big file you are after. Subdimension's web-based reader does all of this. Type in the name of a binary newsgroup (essentially one that allows binary attachments) and press the Search button. You will get a list of messages currently stored for that group. Click on the size link of a message that looks interesting and if it has a binary attachment, you will see a lot of garbage. At the top of the garbage there should be a green link that is a filename which for pictures will probably end in .gif or .jpg. Click on that and the file will be decoded. If this is a multi-part attachment, you will get a screen showing you all the parts and perhaps an error message if, as often happens, one or more parts are missing. Click on the name of the file and the multiple parts will be combined and decoded.
are a couple of groups to start with:
alt.binaries.warez -- contains software programs, often very large ones with tens or hundreds of attachments, and unfortunately at least one part is often missing which ruins the program.
This is a good article from Winmag.com about fixing problems with Windows: "If you've ever searched the web for a fix to a Windows problem, you know there are dozens of web sites–including the best of all, this one–with help and fixes. You've probably wondered, 'How do they find this stuff out, and why doesn't Microsoft tell me this?' Guess what, in many cases Microsoft does give out the information–if you know how to find it. So this week I'll blow the cover on my inside sources at Microsoft, and tell you the location of a secret motherlode of fixes. I'm telling you, this information must be top secret, because so few people seem to."
This site is very old and obsolete, however the concepts and programs there will still work if you boot your PC into DOS, or the Command Prompt mode of Windows 95 or 98. Programmers used to write demo programs to show off a computer or sound or video system with extremely fast and complex pictures and sounds. After a while, this turned into a contest to see who could write the fanciest program in the least amount of RAM and that could do fantastic effects even on slow systems.
The first link above explains a little about the concept; the second has a bunch of these demos that you can download and run. But almost all of them will fail if you try to run them under Windows; you must boot into a real DOS mode.
Continuing with our toilet theme from yesterday's issue, here is a site that lets you predict your future by reading a different kind of tea leaves. Just try it.
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