To lie or keep in hiding, as for some evil reason. To move or go in a mean, stealthy manner.
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Jr. Skulker Frog2000 asked WebSkulker how he can take songs off a music CD and turn them into RealAudio format that he could stream from his web site. This seemed like a good topic to discuss in the newsletter because a lot of you jr. skulkers have your own sites and might want to do the same thing. We are only going to address half of his question: how to turn a .wav file, no matter where it came from, into a RealAudio file and stream that from a web page. The half-question on how to extract the audio from a CD is answered by any of a number of shareware products that are generically called "CD Rippers" and WebSkulker doesn't have any recommendation for a particular one of them.
Go to the first link above and it will give you a choice of a free program called "Real Producer Basic", or a $149.95 program called "Real Producer Plus". Web professionals will want to spend the money, but the average jr. skulker will be happy with the free Basic program. Click on the link for the free one and you will get a form asking for information about yourself, your machine, and your web project. Click on "Download Now" at the bottom, download, and install the program.
The second link above is a detailed tutorial on using the Real Producer program. Note that it can not only turn a .wav file into the streaming format, but also video files and it can even handle live broadcasts!
Jr. Skulker Goat Boy told us about these two U.S. government sites about time. The first runs a Java applet that shows the time very accurately, along with a world map showing where the sun is shining right now. The second and third give details about the U.S. Naval Observatory, the official timekeeper for the U.S.
Speaking of time, WebSkulker suggests that all jr. skulkers visit this site and download the Dimension 4 freeware program. You leave it running all the time in your system tray. It watches for you to establish an Internet connection by dialing in to your ISP or any other always-on connection you might have. It will periodically (you set the interval) contact a time server over the Internet and set the time on your PC. If you set its options correctly, all of this is completely automatic and you will never see anything or be bothered in any way. But you will notice that the time on your PC is always exact and you never have to change it again.
Jr. Skulker Osiris told us about Survival Research Laboratories and suggested the third link above for learning about them. We skulked around and came up with the first two links that you should check out also. As Osiris said, "These guys make some pretty hard core gadgets that shoot projectiles and breath fire and they tour around the world and put on shows of utter bedlam. I haven't personally seen them yet but it looks like some pretty good entertainment."
The best pictures we found
are on this site about a show they did in Japan. This is in
Japanese, but it doesn't matter:
Be sure to check out the videos in Real and Windows Media formats at the very bottom.
Cinderella was now 75 years old. After a fulfilling life with the now dead Prince, she happily sat upon her rocking chair, watching the world go by from her front porch, with a cat called Alan for companionship. One sunny afternoon, out of nowhere, appeared the Fairy God Mother.
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