To lie or keep in hiding, as for some evil reason. To move or go in a mean, stealthy manner.
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Many of you jr. skulkers have been using the www.dialpad.com site that WebSkulker mentioned in the 10/27/99 issue to make free long distance calls from your computer to any phone number in the U.S., and some of you have been able to use dialpad.com from another country to dial into U.S. phone numbers. Jr. Skulker Aron Kay told us about hottelephone.com which is similar to dialpad.com, but better because they let you make calls to a few other countries besides the U.S. But hottelephone.com only lets you talk for 5 minutes per call. Dialpad.com is therefore the better choice for calls to the U.S., but hottelephone.com can be useful for other countries.
Which other countries can you call? That's an interesting question because the home page says "more than 15 countries", but some of their other pages claim higher numbers. The only list WebSkulker was able to find anywhere on their site shows only 13: Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States.
Click on the hottelephone.com link above, click on their link "Sign-up now for free", and fill out their registration form. They will send you an email with your registration code. When WebSkulker tried it, he did not receive this email until about 14 hours later, so be patient.
By the way, one of WebSkulker's pet peeves is domain names that are intended to mean one thing, but when you look at all the letters running together, your eye sees something else. This site is supposed to be thought of as "hot-telephone", but doesn't it look more like "hotel-phone"?
If they can replace news anchors with animated figures, then maybe someday us human skulkers will be obsolete. Go to this site and click on the word "Play" under the cartoon picture. A window will pop up that has buttons saying "Low" and "High". Low is the default and you should leave it that way for regular modems. If you have a DSL line or cable modem, then press High for a larger picture with higher resolution. Either way, the cartoon character will read you a typical television news report using a high-quality speech synthesizer, and the cartoon will move and have expressions just like a human news anchor.
The second link above has a lot of technical information about how Ananova works.
WebSkulker heard about this site on the radio. The announcer said that it's run by the 24 year old son of Michael Eisner, CEO of the Disney corporation. It has weird animations, games, movies, and other stuff that his dad probably wouldn't approve of.
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