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ISSN: 1527-814X Wednesday March 22, 2000

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Skulking in other dimensions

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:

Security tools at:
which show you some information about web server machines.

A proxy server for anonymous browsing at:

A 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.

Here are a couple of groups to start with: -- contains clean pictures that graphic artists might want to use.

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.

WebSkulker gets fixed up

This is a good article from 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."

WebSkulker used to play with these

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.

WebSkulker gets his fortune read

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.

This made WebSkulker laugh

Submitted by Jr. Skulker Roland

Famous quotes by big thinkers

1. Question: If you could live forever, would you and why?
Answer: "I would not live forever, because we should not live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live forever, but we cannot live forever, which is why I would not live forever."
---Miss Alabama in the 1994 Miss USA contest 

2. "Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can't help but cry. I mean I'd love to be skinny like that but not with all those flies and death and stuff."
---Mariah Carey 

3. "Researchers have discovered that chocolate produces some of the same reactions in the brain as marijuana. The researchers also discovered other similarities between the two, but can't remember what they are." 
---Matt Lauer on NBC's Today Show, August 22 

4. "I haven't committed a crime. What I did was fail to comply with the law."
---David Dinkins, New York City Mayor, (answering accusations that he failed to pay his taxes) 

5. "Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life."
---Brooke Shields, during an interview to become spokesperson for a federal anti- smoking campaign. 

6. "I've never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body."
---Winston Bennett, Univ. of KY basketball forward 

7. "Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country."
---Mayor Marion Barry, Washington, DC 

8. "We're going to turn this team around 360 degrees." 
---Jason Kidd, upon his drafting to the Dallas Mavericks 

9. "I'm not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers. We are the president."
---Hillary Clinton (commenting on the release of subpoenaed documents) 

10. "China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese." 
---Former French President Charles De Gaulle 

11. "That lowdown scoundrel deserves to be kicked to death by a jackass, and I'm just the one to do it."
---A Congressional Candidate in Texas 

12. "It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it."
---Former U.S. Vice-president Dan Quayle 

13. "Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind."
---General William Westmoreland 

14. And last but not least, a parting word from Dan Quayle: "I love California. I practically grew up in Phoenix." 

Kinda makes you feel smart, doesn't it?


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