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ISSN: 1527-814X Friday August 25, 2000

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Several people can skulk at once

Many jr. skulkers are getting DSL lines and cable modems for high-speed Internet access.  They often have multiple computers in the house and want to share the Internet connection among all their machines.  It has been very common to do this via software such as Sygate and Winroute installed on one of the machines and this method can work successfully, but can also cause a lot of problems.

The software solution requires the one master machine to always be turned on and available while any of the other machines are using the Internet.  This can work OK if the master machine and the others are in the same room or are mainly used by the same person.  In a roommate situation, on the other hand, where the different computers are used by different people in a house, the person using the master machine may forget that others are accessing the Internet through their machine and may shutdown or reboot and knock the other roommates off.  Or the master machine could crash knocking everyone else off.  Or the traffic from the other roommates using the Internet can slow down the master machine and cause problems with games, multimedia, or CD burning.

A better solution is to buy a router, which does the same job as Sygate or Winroute in a standalone box.  These used to be too expensive to consider for home use, but there has been a breakthrough in the price for routers recently and they are now only a little more expensive than a legal copy of Sygate or Winroute.  Linksys has two models that are the cheapest WebSkulker has heard of, starting at only $89.95 by mail order.  The links above describe the two models.  They are identical except that one has an Ethernet hub built in and the other requires a separate hub.  If you already own a hub or you need a hub with more than 4 ports, then buy the cheaper model.  If you don't already have a hub and a 4 port one will do, then buy the more expensive model.  It's built-in hub is actually a switch rather than a hub, so your network will run a little faster.  (An Ethernet switch does the identical job as a hub and looks exactly the same, but a switch is faster because different machines can talk to each other simultaneously, while a hub allows only one transmission at a time.) 

WebSkulker recommends for buying these routers because they have close to the lowest prices, free shipping, and no sales tax in most states.

Free repository for your skulking secrets

Onebox is yet another free voicemail and fax service, which will give you a local phone number in many parts of California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, and Washington state.  They offer two levels of service.  The basic box is totally free, but people calling you to leave a voice message or fax must punch in a 4-digit extension number to reach your box.  The extended service is free for the first two months, then  $4.95 per month.  This gives you a unique phone number with a personal greeting in your own voice.

Onebox also gives you an email address on their server and it can import email from any POP3 server.  The name "Onebox" is derived from the fact that you log into their web site and then you will see all your email, voice messages, and faxes in the same inbox.  You can also dial into your own Onebox number, press *, and enter your password to access messages over the phone.

But wait, there's more!  When you dial in, you can ask Onebox to read your email over the phone with a voice synthesizer.

Hands-on skulking of old computers

Jr. Skulker Phabi0 suggested this site, but WebSkulker was familiar with it and has gone to this show for the last two years.  The Vintage Computer Festival is a live event held once a year in San Jose, California, and they are planning an East coast show in Boston.  If you live in the San Francisco bay area, you should check this out September 30 through October 1.  "The mission of the Vintage Computer Festival is to promote the preservation of 'obsolete' computers by offering attendees a chance to experience the technologies, people and stories that embody the remarkable tale of the computer revolution.  Through our event and the Vintage Technology Cooperative Resource Center -- our publicly accessible archive of computer hardware, software and literature -- we promote interest in researching and documenting the history of the computer. Above all, we promote the fun of playing with old computers."

The second link above is to a set of comprehensive links about antique computers and computer history.

Skulking in the boy's room

This site has four continuously-updating web-cams in the middle of a jail.  You can't really skulk remotely in the boy's room of the Maricopa County Jail in Phoenix, AZ, but you get pretty darn close with camera 4 in the Search Cell.  WebSkulker thinks this is a bad violation of the privacy of the inmates who haven't consented to their every move being on the Internet.  Even if you don't care about the privacy of convicted criminals, remember that the people being held in a county jail are often awaiting trial and haven't been convicted of anything.  But who cares, it's fun to watch, right?

When you first go to this page, a window will pop up asking you to register.  You don't need to do that, and perhaps you don't want to register with a site like this.  Simply close the registration  window and you can still view the cameras.

Thanks to Jr. Skulker Bob Bernay for telling us about this.

These made WebSkulker laugh

Two funnies submitted by Jr. Skulker Marvelena Quesada

Cat cartoon:


Despite the best efforts of job candidates, strategic and typographical errors often skulk into resumes. Job-seekers sometimes scuttle any hope they have of impressing a boss by inadvertently inserting bone-headed bloopers into their application statements. Here are some humorous errors collected by personnel directors: 

I have an obsession for detail. I like to make sure that I cross my i's and dot my t's. 

Here are my qualifications for you to overlook. 

My career objection is . . . 

Operated Pitney Bones machine. 

I am experienced in private relations. 

I am skilled in proolreading. 

Thank you for your consideration. Hope to hear from you shorty. 

I am a computer genius skilled at Word Purpose and Locust skills. 

I am a rabid typist. 

I had operated a frocklift in a whorehouse. 

My intensity and focus are at inordinately high levels, and my ability to complete projects on time is unspeakable. 

Performed duties such as filing, typing, data entry, coping and answering phones. 

After receiving advice from several different angels, I have decided to pursue a new line of work. 

Accounting cleric. 

As indicted, I have over five years of analyzing investments. 

Left job to ruin family business. 

I have lurnt WordPerfect 6.0 computor and spreadsheat progroms. 

Received a plague for Salesperson of the Year. 

Reason for leaving last job: Maturity leave. 

Wholly responsible for two (2) failed financial institutions. 

Failed bar exam with relatively high grades. 

It's best for employers that I not work with people. 

Let's meet, so you can "ooh" and "aah" over my experience. 

You will want me to be Head Honcho in no time. 

Am a perfectionist and rarely if if ever forget details. 

I was working for my mom until she decided to move. 

I have an excellent track record, although I am not a horse. 

My goal is to be a meteorologist. But since I possess no training in meteorology, I suppose I should try stock brokerage. 

I procrastinate, especially when the task is unpleasant. 

Personal interests: donating blood. Fourteen gallons so far. 

Note: Please don't misconstrue my 14 jobs as "job-hopping." I have never quit a job. 

Reason for leaving last job: They insisted that all employees get to work by 
8:45 every morning. Could not work under those conditions. 

The company made me a scapegoat, just like my three previous employers. 

Finished eighth in my class of ten. 

Instrumental in ruining entire operation for a Midwest chain store. 

Proven ability to track down and correct erors. 

I have become completely paranoid, trusting completely nothing and absolutely no one. 

Disposed of $2.5 billion in assets. 

Don't take the comments of my former employer too seriously, they were unappreciative beggars and slave drivers. 

Marital status: often. Children: various. 

Personal: Married, 1992 Chevrolet. 

Personal interests: Donating blood. 15 gallons so far. 

Education: Curses in liberal arts, curses in computer science, curses in accounting. 

Strengths: Ability to meet deadlines while maintaining composer. 

Qualifications: No education or experience. 

Accomplishments: Oversight of entire department. 

Extensive background in accounting. I can also stand on my head!


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