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ISSN: 1527-814X Wednesday April 5, 2000

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Skulking through past issues

WebSkulker has good news for the 15 jr. skulkers who told us that they signed up for the FusionOne service between March 16 and March 22:  FusionOne has agreed to give you 15 people, and only you, the 500 Mb of storage space that WebSkulker erroneously promised in our 3/16/00 issue.  Thank you FusionOne for saving our reputation and making our article come true!

For readers that don't know what this is about, our 3/16/00 issue had an article about FusionOne, which is a great service that all of you jr. skulker should check out.  We stated in that issue that FusionOne normally gives out 25 Mb of disk space for free, but they had a special offer of 500 Mb for anyone who signed up by March 22.  WebSkulker believed this because he had received an email from FusionOne with that offer, but it turns out that they intended the offer only for people who received the email, and it was not meant to be forwarded to others or published.  WebSkulker figured this out and apologized for the misinformation in the 3/23/00 issue and said he would beg FusionOne to honor the offer for any jr. skulkers who emailed him their FusionOne user names that were created by the 22nd.

WebSkulker will send the 15 names to them later today, and you should receive the 500 Mb when their service goes into official production.  FusionOne is in beta test right now and they aren't monitoring disk usage, so at the moment subscribers seem to be able to use all the space they want.


In yesterday's issue WebSkulker told you how to get a free copy of the BeOS operating system for PC's, but predicted that no jr. skulker would do it.  He was wrong, because we received this email from Jr. Skulker Legion:

"Hello, this is my first time writing, but a long time reader of your fine newsletter.  Anyway I myself tried BeOS and I have to tell you it is really crappy compared to Linux Red hat 6.1, OpenBSD, or Solaris 8 from Sun Microsystems. Anyway I recommend that your readers should try Linux or BSD distributions which are more secure, stable, and support hundreds of drivers, which by the way BeOS is very limited in this respect. For more info on Linux CD's or BSD try and  They have Linux distribution CD's for .99 cents to $1.99 and they have dozens of them, or try and for a very good OS.  Finally Sun Solaris 8 is about 9 dollars from Well thank you for your time."

Skulking through other people's MP3 files, and more

This item is about an add-on for Napster that all jr. skulkers will like, and about Napster itself for jr. skulkers who never heard of it.  Jr. Skulkers NoReality, Paradisian, and probably others submitted as something WebSkulker should write about, but he has resisted because he thinks everyone already knows about it.  Paradisian argues that lots of people he knows never heard of it, and also that Napster's logo is a cat.  It's hard to argue with that logic!

For those of you unfamiliar with Napster, it is very important and you should click on the first link above for an article about it.  About halfway down is a link to a CNET TV video demo of Napster, with a link labeled "Watch video".  Click on that for a good introduction.

For the rest of you who use Napster, read that article also because it isn't so much about Napster as it is about a new add-on called "Wrapster" that lets you share any kind of file via Napster, not just MP3 files.  Wrapster is kind of like WinZip in that it builds archives containing any set of files you want.  But it makes these archives look like MP3 files, so that they can be shared via Napster.  You just wrap up any files you want, and place the resultant "MP3 file" into your shared Napster folder.  Other Napster users can find these files and decode them using Wrapster at their end, just like they would decode a zip file with WinZip.

The third link above is the home site for Wrapster, and you can download it from there.  You should hurry up and do the download because this seems like the kind of thing that will get shut down quickly.

Skulking IP addresses --- North America --- Europe --- Asia / Pacific --- U.S. military

For the technically inclined jr. skulker, these sites can be used to find out who owns a particular IP address.  Type in a valid IP address and you should get the name of the company that owns the range of IP addresses.  This might be the actual user of the range of addresses, or it might be the ISP that provides service to that company.


Skulking around the cat food dish

Jr. Skulker Frank Wilsey suggested this site, which shows a webcam in someone's apartment.  He has this aimed at the cat food and water dishes, so if you watch for a while, you will get to see his cats.  Ms. Cat was very excited!  If no cats are visible right now, you can view recent pictures and Best of the CatCam pictures.

This made WebSkulker laugh

Submitted by Jr. Skulker Allen Miller

Actual answers and spelling in a 6th grade history test 

1. Ancient Egypt was inhabited by mummies and they all wrote in hydraulics. They lived in the Sarah Dessert. The climate of the Sarah is such that the inhabitants have to live elsewhere. 

2. Moses led the Hebrew slaves to the Red Sea, where they made unleavened bread, which is bread made without any ingredients. Moses went up on Mount Cyanide to get the ten commandments. He died before he ever reached Canada. 

3. Solomom had three hundred wives and seven hundred porcupines. 

4. The Greeks were a highly sculptured people, and without them we wouldn’t have history The Greeks also had myths. A myth is a female moth. 

5. Socrates was a famous Greek teacher who went around giving people advice. They killed him. Socrates died from an overdose of wedlock. After his death, his career suffered a dramatic decline. 

6. In the Olympic games, Greeks ran races, jumped, hurled biscuits, and threw the java. 

7. Julius Caesar extinguished himself on the battlefields of Gaul. The Ides of March murdered him because they thought he was going to be made king. Dying, he gasped out: “Tee hee, Brutus.” 

8. Joan of Arc was burnt to a steak and was cannonized by Bernard Shaw. 

9. Queen Elizabeth was the “Virgin Queen.” As a queen she was a success. When she exposed herself before her troops they all shouted “hurrah.” 

10. It was an age of great inventions and discoveries. Gutenberg invented removable type and the Bible. Another important invention was the circulation of blood. Sir Walter Raleigh is a historical figure because he invented cigarettes and started smoking. Sir Fransis Drake circumsized the world with a 100-foot clipper. 

11. The greatest writer of the Renaissance was William Shakespeare. He was born in the year 1564, supposedly on his birthday. He never made much money and is famous only because of his plays. He wrote tragedies, comedies, and hysterectomies, all in Islamic pentameter. Romeo and Juliet are an example of a heroic couple. Romeo’s last wish was to be laid by Juliet. 

12. Writing at the same time as Shakespeare was Miguel Cervantes. He wrote Donkey Hote. The next great author was John Milton. Milton wrote Paradise Lost. Then his wife died and he wrote Paradise Regained. 

13. Delegates from the original 13 states formed the Contented Congress. Thomas Jefferson, a Virgin, and Benjamin Franklin were two singers of the Declaration of Independence. Franklin discovered electricity by rubbing two cats backwards and declared, “A horse divided against itself cannot stand.” Franklin died in 1790 and is still dead. 

14. Abraham Lincoln became America’s greatest Precedent.Lincoln’s mother died in infancy, and he was born in a log cabin which he built with his own hands. Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves by signing the Emasculation Proclamation. On the night of April 14, 1865, Lincoln went to the theater and got shot in his seat by one of the actors in a moving picture show. They believe the assinator was John Wilkes Booth a supposingly insane actor. This ruined Booth’s career. 

15. Johann Bach wrote a great many musical compositions and had a large number of children. In between he practiced on an old spinster which he kept up in his attic. Bach died from 1750 to the present. Bach was the most famous composer in the world and so was Handel. Handel was half German half Italian and half English. He was very large. 

16. Beethoven wrote music even though he was deaf. He was so deaf he wrote loud music. He took long walks in the forest even when everyone was calling for him. Beethoven expired in 1827 and later died for this. 

17. The nineteenth century was a time of a great many thoughts and inventions. People stopped reproducing by hand and started reproducing by machine. The invention of the steamboat caused a network of rivers to spring up. Cyrus McCormick invented the McCormick raper, which did the work of a hundred men. Louis Pasteur discovered a cure for rabbis. Charles Darwin was a naturalist who wrote the Organ of the Species. Madman Curie discovered radio. And Karl Marx became one of the Marx Brothers.


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