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ISSN: 1527-814X Tuesday May 2, 2000

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WebSkulker is very annoyed

This is an open letter from WebSkulker to Jr. Skulker Uncle Brucie:

Dear Uncle Brucie,

We received your letter about the cruise you and your family are about to take.  I hope you have a wonderful trip, but before you go, Ms. Cat and I have a couple of bones to pick with you.  You say in your letter that the ship has 24 hour a day Internet access, therefore you will check your email daily and send out reports of the trip in progress.  Then you say that you will not be monitoring your regular email address, but instead you got a special web-based email address at just for the trip.

If you would bother to read your issues of WebSkulker, Uncle Brucie, you would have known that there is a web site,, that lets you check pretty much any POP3-based email box through a web browser.  You didn't need to get a special address for the trip!  Just go to that URL, type in your regular email address and password, and it will retrieve your email.  See our 9/16/99 issue for details.  (That issue mentions MailStart and another site that does the same thing.  We are boycotting the other site because it remembers your email address and sends spam to it.  MailStart never does that.)

Also, Uncle Brucie, why did you choose a dumb email address at when you could have been  ?  Ms. Cat and I are extremely offended that you didn't go to and sign up for one of our free web-based email addresses. 

Yours Truly,

Ms. Cat

WebSkulker built a sample intranet  Use registration code: skulker

We like to remind you jr. skulkers from time to time that you can register your own domain name and point it to a web site that you already have for only $12 per year.  See our 2/21/00 issue for details.  (This mentions a price of $16, but the price has gone down in the meantime to about $12.)  That tutorial assumes that you already have some type of free web site to point your domain name to.  If you don't have one, WebSkulker suggests as one possibility, and will suggest another one tomorrow. gives you a special type of web site meant for storing and coordinating activities and information for a family, club, or small business.  You set up your site and invite people to join.  The first time someone visits they enter the password you provided, then build an account for themselves.  From then on, they sign on with their own id and password.  All of the members can see each other's information in the Group Members list and can automatically send email addressed to some or all members.  Any member can add information about outside people and companies to the Group Contacts List, add links to web pages of interest to the group, upload documents to share with other members, add private and group appointments to a calendar, participate in discussion forums, and more.  The administrator has more powers.

All of this is, of course, free, but there is a small banner ad at the top of each page.  To see  in action, WebSkulker built a sample that you can access from the second link above.  Click on the link, then press the Register button and when prompted, use the registration code "skulker".  Feel free to make up anything you want in your registration form (except give a real email address for the confirmation message) and play with all the functions of this sample site all you want, because WebSkulker doesn't plan to use it for anything but a sample.  If you like what you see, sign up for your own site.

Keep your children safe from pediskulkers

Jr. Skulker Warren Williams wrote this shareware program to help parents protect their children from pediskulkers and other online menaces.  "ChatNANNY is a parental internet control program that monitors both incoming and outgoing chats, instant messages, email and more while not being detected by the user. Find out who your kids are chatting with on the internet. ChatNANNY monitors America Online, AIM, Compuserve 2000, Compuserve Instant Messenger, ICQ, Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger and Microsoft Internet Explorer (URLs only).  ChatNANNY also saves the web site URLs visited by the user. No need to enter user names or passwords - ChatNANNY monitors everyone including Guest accounts in AOL. No icon is shown in the task bar, system tray or Add/Remove Programs list."

Skulking cats in heaven

Jr. Skulker Bradleywinks found the word "skulk" in an interesting place:

Jr. Skulker Roland submitted a cat joke with pictures and music:

This made WebSkulker laugh

Submitted by Jr. Skulker Captain Proton

Drunk Driving

This is a story in a local South Island community paper in New Zealand: Recently a routine police patrol parked outside a local neighbourhood tavern. Late in the evening the officer noticed a man leaving the pub so intoxicated he could barely walk. He stumbled around the carpark for a few minutes, with the officer quietly observing. After what seemed an eternity and trying his keys on five vehicles, the man managed to find his own car, which he fell into. He sat there for a few minutes as a number of other patrons left the bar and drove off. 

Finally he started the car, switched the wipers on and off (it was a fine, dry night), flicked the indicators on then off, tooted the horn and then switched on the lights. He moved the vehicle forward a few inches, reversed a little, and then remained stationery for a few more minutes as more vehicles left. At last he pulled out of the carpark and started to drive slowly down the road. 

The police officer, having patiently waited all this time, now started his patrol car, put on the flashing lights, promptly pulled the man over and carried out a breathalyzer test. But to his amazement, the breathalyzer indicated no evidence of the man having consumed alcohol at all! 

Dumbfounded, the officer said, "I'll have to ask you to accompany me to the police station. This breathalyzer equipment must be broken." "I doubt it," said the man, "tonight I'm the designated decoy."


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