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WebSkulker wrote about HotVoice in the 2/29/00 issue and wants to mention it again because they have greatly expanded their network of local telephone numbers in many cities around the world, including several cities that jr. skulkers live in. HotVoice is a free service for people who are traveling overseas or who have friends or business associates overseas. You sign up for an account, and then people in any of the 62 cities they currently serve can call a local phone number and leave a voicemail message or a fax. Messages are picked up from their web site.
The second link above is a map showing the served cities. If you will be traveling to any of these or know someone there, then definitely check out HotVoice.
WebSkulker has mentioned www.freewwweb.com several times as his favorite free ISP because if you ignore the instructions on their web page and follow the instructions in our 2/3/00 issue, it is possible to use freewwweb without having to waste any screen space on ads like the other free services force you to do. WebSkulker has also pointed out (see the 11/17/99 issue) that Freewwweb's business model doesn't make any sense, since they give everything away for free. Well guess what? The above links show that they recently filed for bankruptcy protection, and the second link is an image of the Petition in PDF format.
The BroadBand Report has information from a source who believes that Freewwweb will be bought by one of the other free ISP's, possibly Juno. If Freewwweb is sold, the new company will probably just transfer its subscribers to their service and ignore everything else, so for example you would start logging into Juno's free service which definitely does show ads. If that happens, WebSkulker will pass on to you jr. skulkers some tricks he has heard about other free ISP's that can be accessed without ads.
WebSkulker has mentioned several sites that provide news, information, and tweaks to improve the performance of your computer. SharkyExtreme is another one of these that we recommend highly. The site also has a lot of information about the latest games.
WebSkulker mentioned this site in the 4/4/00 issue. Jr. Skulker Bob Bernay points out that they changed their URL, so this is a good time to tell you jr. skulkers again about this great construction set written in Java. People have been known to get addicted to this and play with it for hours.
BigRedWire has a very strange service. They are a long distance company that wants to be your default carrier if you are in the U.S., Hong Kong, or Australia. For U.S. subscribers, their prices are pretty reasonable for interstate and international calls, but a little high for state-to-state calls. They charge your calls to a credit card, and you can sign on to their web site at any time to review your account and see all the calls you made recently.
Now here's the unique and weird gimmick: once per day, you can sign on to their web site and "zap" one call, i.e. delete it from your bill, provided that you have enough "volts", or points, that you get from making phone calls and looking at ads. But read the fine print and you will see that you can't zap state-to-state calls, you can only zap calls up to $5.00, and you must sign in and zap a call within 5 days of making it. This long distance service might make sense if you make no more than one fairly expensive (less than $5) call per day, and if their rates for the calls you will pay for aren't worse than you are already paying.
Jr. Skulker Ciber told us about this site which offers large mail-in rebates on everything they sell, and a lot of the rebates are equal to the price of the item so you get things for free. The only gimmick seems to be that they take 10-14 weeks to mail you the rebate check. Who knows if they will be in business that long, since this is yet another stupid business model.
This site has a few animations in Flash format, many of which poke fun at Metallica and Dr. Dre for suing Napster.
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