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ISSN: 1527-814X Thursday March 23, 2000

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WebSkulker goofed

In the 3/16/00 issue, WebSkulker talked about as a site that would give you 500 Mb of disk space for free that you could use for backing up the data on your PC.  But you had to register and start using the service by yesterday, March 22, otherwise you would only get 25 Mb.  WebSkulker had found that site and registered for it a few days earlier.  He got an email on 3/15 from them making the 500 Mb offer if he would complete the registration by actually using the service before 3/22.  He thought that this offer applied to anyone who registered and used the service by 3/22, but later found out that this offer was specifically for the people who received the email and no one else.

If you used FusionOne within the time limit, please send an email to us at  telling us your FusionOne user name.  We will then contact them and try to talk them into giving each of you the 500 Mb.  We will point out that we gave them free publicity in the newsletter, and WebSkulker has taken a fair amount of time in the last few days working with their support staff to correct bugs.  We will beg for a favor, and they might grant it if there aren't too many people involved.

Note that this site is in beta test so they aren't enforcing space limits anyway.  At the moment, you probably could store 500 Mb and get away with it.  The question is how much space they will give you for free when they officially open for business.

WebSkulker is suspicious

WebSkulker has seen programs throughout the years that claim to somehow optimize memory usage of Windows, or claim to double the effective amount of memory so Windows will act like it has more RAM than it actually does.  Older DOS programs that made this promise really did work, but that was because DOS didn't have any decent memory manager.  The memory manager in Windows, on the other hand, is highly sophisticated and WebSkulker doubts that some little software company can do a better job than Microsoft.

This site makes it so easy to try out the concept that you jr. skulkers might run their program to see if it does any good.  Go to the above page and click on the Optimize Now button.  This will check whether you are using Internet Explorer or Netscape.  If IE, then it will automatically load and run an activex control that will show a moving graph of memory usage and a couple of statistics.  Push the Optimize Now button in this program and it will do its work and update the statistics.

If you are using Netscape, the site will ask you do download and install a plug-in program that does the same job. 

Skulking around the radio spectrum

WebSkulker has run across colorful charts on office walls showing the allocation of the radio spectrum in the U.S. and he always wanted one, but never figured out where and how to order it.  Nowadays, of course, the answer to all such questions is "the Internet" and sure enough, such charts are available online.  The first link above is text-based with several levels of links to get more and more details about a frequency range.

The second link is an Acrobat version of the wall chart that WebSkulker remembers seeing.  Click on that link and if you have the Acrobat Reader installed, you will get the chart in a window on the right and an index in a window on the left.  Click on a frequency range to get a blowup of that section of the chart.

The third link is a picture of a chart that has very little information, but it is useful to look at to remind yourself that the radio spectrum is merely one range of the electromagnetic spectrum.  Infrared, visible light, ultra violet, X-ray, Gamma rays, and Cosmic rays are identical to radio, just different frequency ranges.

WebSkulker has illusions of grandeur

Jr. Skulker Frank Wilsey suggested this site which contains a series of intriguing optical illusions.  Ms. Cat is disappointed because several of the pictures contain animals, but no cats.

This made WebSkulker laugh

Submitted by Jr. Skulker Stuart Shostak

A preacher wanted to raise money for his church, and being told there was a fortune in horse racing, he decided to purchase a horse and enter it in the races. However, at the local auction, the going price for horses was so high that the preacher settled on a donkey instead. The preacher figured, since he bought the animal, he might as well race it. To his great surprise, the donkey did quite well and came in third place. The next day, the racing sheets carried this headline: 

Preacher Shows Ass 

The preacher was so pleased with the donkey that he entered it in the races again, and this time the animal won first place. The paper said: 

Preacher's Ass Out In Front 

The Bishop was so upset with this kind of publicity that he ordered the preacher not to enter the donkey in any more races. The newspaper printed this headline: 

Bishop Scratches Preacher's Ass 

This was too much for the Bishop and he ordered the preacher to get rid of the donkey. The preacher decided to give the animal to a nun in a local convent. The next day, the headlines read: 

Nun Has Best Ass In Town 

The Bishop fainted. When he came around, he informed the nun that she would have to dispose of the donkey. The nun searched, finally finding a farmer willing to buy the animal for ten dollars. The paper stated: 

Nun Peddles Ass for Ten Bucks! 

They buried the Bishop the next day


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