To lie or keep in hiding, as for some evil reason. To move or go in a mean, stealthy manner.
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issue also mentioned a shareware program that purports to
encrypt the HTML source code for a web page so people browsing to your
site will have difficulty figuring out any special tricks you may use,
harvesting your email address for spam lists, linking to your pictures,
Ms. Cat had looked at a sample of the encrypted source code briefly and it looked familiar, but she couldn't quite put her paw on it. Cary's observation that it isn't really encrypted, but only backwards, shows that humans really are smarter than cats, even ones who can dictate newsletters. Nevertheless, this shareware would still be useful to prevent automated harvesting of email addresses and pictures, so it might be worth something. On the other hand, WebSkulker doesn't really believe in hiding HTML source code because the Internet is supposed to be a place for sharing and web programmers can learn a lot from reading other people's source code.
Jr. Skulker 925 sent us this news article: "Federal regulators set aside new three-digit telephone numbers Friday: 511 for local traffic information and 211 for referrals to nonprofit groups serving the needy. They also ordered phone companies to adopt a code to reach special operators who help the deaf make calls.... The commission also mandated that telecommunication carriers implement a 711 code to contact operators that relay messages between those with speech or hearing disabilities and other callers." Read the article for more details.
WebSkulker is amazed that he never heard of this before, but did you know that Bell Labs had developed an electronic speech synthesizer called the Voder and demonstrated it in 1939 at a world's fair? Jr. Skulker Wes Chester sent us a picture and sound sample by email, and Ms. Cat did some web skulking to come up with these links to information, pictures, and more sounds of the device.
The first site is the most important because down at the very bottom, it has links to a six-minute interview with an engineer and an operator of the Voder, and many samples of its speech. Both links are the same; one is in .wav format and the other is .au, whichever you prefer. Trust WebSkulker, these are worth the large download!
The second site has more information and pictures, and a different sound sample to download. The third site has pictures of the inventor at the machine.
The fourth site is in German, but if you are interested in this subject you should go there anyway. It has the best picture of the Voder (click on it for even higher resolution), but better yet it has a description of a speech synthesizer built in the 1700's using pipe organ technology!
You jr. skulkers do know about Babelfish, don't you? This will translate part of the German text into poor English. Go to: http://babelfish.altavista.com check the button "Website", type in the URL (or copy and paste), specify that you want a translation from German to English, and press the Translate button.
You jr. skulkers hopefully are familiar with Microsoft's Windows Update site that scans your hard drive to see what versions of Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer you have, and then displays a customized list of updates that are available for you to download and install. ZDnet now has a site that does the same thing for most commercial software and shareware products. Go to that site, click on "My Updates", enter your email address if your want to be on their mailing list (but you can leave it blank and everything will still work), and press the Start Now button. The first time you do this, wait a few seconds and you should get a request to install their scanning program, say Yes.
Press "Scan My PC" and their program will scan all of your hard drives to see what you have installed. It will then compare this with their database and give you a report on what fixes and new versions are available for everything it recognizes, with an easy download and install option for each one.
This is not the first service like this -- WebSkulker remembers one called Oil Change years ago and Norton had one -- but they both charged. This is the only one he knows about that is totally free.
Jr. Skulker Mediahound suggests this site for the funny animations of crime fighters Beebeard and his crew. Click on "Heroes" and then "Villains" to see the cast of characters, then click on "Action" to get the list of episodes to view. There are only two as of this writing.
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