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ISSN: 1527-814X Wednesday April 19, 2000

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Skulking by SMS

This site is most useful to those of you jr. skulkers who have cell phones with Sprint or Pacific Bell Wireless, but the rest of you can play with the service via the simulator link you will see in the middle of their home page.  What tries to do is let you access some information from the Internet via the alphanumeric paging, or Short Messaging Service (SMS) features on most digital cell phones.  This is a real kludge and the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP)-enabled cell phones with a built-in web browser are obviously a much better choice,  But if you have the SMS feature on your phone, but not WAP, then this kludge might be better than nothing,

You can program to send you alerts for various events, and a few other sites do that as well.  What they do uniquely is let you send short, pre-defined, commands via SMS messages, and then they will look up the information on the Internet and send you the results via a series of SMS messages.  For example you might give the command CNN and they will send you the top headlines from CNN.  Send Q and they will send a summary of stock market averages.  Send Q xxx and they will give you the latest quote and statistics for the stock with symbol xxx.  Send JB and they will send you a joke about blonds.

Go to their web site and click on the link Commands to get a series of help pages showing all of their information sources and the commands used for each.  Write down ones you like, then go back to their home page and click on the Simulator link and try those commands.  What you get back in the Result window will be a series of short lines, and on a real phone, these would be one or perhaps several SMS messages.

If you like what you see on the simulator and have a Sprint or Pacific Bell Wireless phone, then sign up for the free service.  They should work with other wireless systems soon.  Warning: some systems charge by the message for SMS use, or maybe they give you a certain number of messages free and then charge for additional ones.  The service of is free, but you might get charges from your cellular carrier, so be sure to check out how they bill for this.

How much is your skulking worth?

Unfortunately doesn't seem to list the profession of "skulker", but for pretty much every other profession, they will tell you the range of salary you should expect in your part of the U.S.  This information might be useful when you are looking for work or negotiating salary with your current boss, and it can help you decide on a new career or a move to another location.

The site also has tips on looking for jobs, negotiating salaries, and news on salary trends.

Skulking professional voice actors

WebSkulker doesn't know if any of you jr. skulkers will care about this, but Ms. Cat liked listening to all the different human voices.  This company is an agent for many voice actors who are looking for work in radio commercials and other audio media.  The link above shows several categories for male and female voices.  Click on a category, click on the name of an actor, and listen to a series of short samples of their work in RealAudio format.  If you aspire to be a voice actor yourself, go to their home page for instructions on how to work with the company.

WebSkulker's cat should contribute to this

"Zoo Doo takes zoo animal waste and turns it into gifts that gardeners love. Pachyderm poop, rhinoceros flop, call it what you will, gardeners call it the best organic fertilizer ever. That's no bull. And every Zoo Doo item sold benefits our nation's zoos."

This made WebSkulker laugh

Submitted by Jr. Skulker Stuart Shostak

Jake was on his deathbed. His wife Susan, was maintaining a vigil by his side. She held his fragile hand, tears ran down her face. Her praying roused him from his slumber. He looked up and his pale lips began to move slightly. 

"My darling Susan," he whispered. 

"Hush, my love," she said. "Rest. Shhh. Don't talk."

He was insistent.  "Susan," he said in his tired voice. "I have something I must confess to you." 

"There's nothing to confess," replied the weeping Susan. "Everything's all right, go to sleep." 

"No, no. I must die in peace, Susan. I slept with your sister, your best friend and your mother." 

"I know," she replied. "That's why I poisoned you."


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