To lie or keep in hiding, as for some evil reason. To move or go in a mean, stealthy manner.
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In our last issue, WebSkulker mentioned a site with instructions for modifying the Windows ME startup files so that ME would boot more like Windows 98, including the real DOS mode. The above link is to another site with instructions for accomplishing the same goal, but in an entirely different way. If you follow the instructions in the Geocities site from the last issue, you will make a permanent modification to ME so that it will always boot through DOS and then into Windows just like 98 did, including loading drivers from config.sys and programs from autoexec.bat. The instructions from the above site show how to set up a dual-boot situation so that sometimes you can boot into real DOS and sometimes you can boot into ME. When you choose to boot into ME, the official new Microsoft boot sequence will occur that does not go through DOS.
This is a special offer from Staples to register a domain name for only $1 for the first year, and it expires this Saturday, so hurry. Ms. Cat is always on the lookout for cheap domain name registration services because she figures that if WebSkulker saves money, he will spend it on catnip, toys, and higher-quality cat food for her. The above link lets you register a domain for a year for only $1, and this is a complete, normal, registration with the domain registered to you and directable anywhere with no ads being imposed. On the one paw, this seems like a great deal. But on the other paw, the registration is with register.com which normally charges $35 per year. So you get the first year for only $1, but each subsequent year of renewal will be $35. If you plan to keep a domain name for at least two years, you would therefore be better off with a discount registry that charges $11 per year, including the first year. If you want to go through some trouble, you could take advantage of the $1 special now and then move the registration to a discount registry a little before the year is over.
Jr. Skulker Bob Bernay told us about another kit to make yourself a portable MP3 player, similar to the one we mentioned in the last issue. This new one is based on a CD player instead of a hard drive, so you would burn MP3's into CD's to carry with you.
Jr. Skulker Ldoug suggested the second link, but this is one of those sites where WebSkulker went up one level and liked other aspects of the site even better. Rex Swain is an author and software developer. His home page has a lot of good documentation and sample code for people interested in the technical and server side of web page development. All jr. skulkers would be very interested in this subject if you had any idea how much good people in this field make and how easily they can find jobs.
The second link is to his famous HTTP Viewer. Go there, type in a URL, and see information about the web server at the other end and the exact headers and content data that it returns for that URL. This shows you what goes on under the covers when you browse the web with your favorite browser, and can be extremely valuable for developers debugging their web pages and CGI programs.
third link is WebSkulker's favorite and is useful to every jr. skulker
whether they are technical or not. It discusses a couple of
consequences of the mathematics of probability that can be very useful
in the real world and explain a strange phenomenon. "Intuitively, most people assume that in a string of numbers sampled randomly from some body of data, the first non-zero digit could be any number from 1 through 9. All nine numbers would be regarded as equally probable.
Mapquest is a very popular site that many of you jr. skulkers surely know about. If you don't, go there to get at the least a high-level map of most places in the world, and for many countries, detailed street maps. More importantly, Mapquest provides detailed driving instructions for getting from anywhere to anywhere in the U.S., Canada, and a growing number of other countries. Just type in the address you are at and the address you want to go to, and it will draw you maps and turn-by-turn instructions.
But WebSkulker sometimes finds its driving instructions, at least for the San Francisco area, to be a little off. It seems to come up with routes that are more complicated than local people would use. For example, it shows totally unnecessary turns going from WebSkulker's house to the nearest freeway. WebSkulker has asked people and stores for directions from the freeway to their address and gotten simple instructions, but MapQuest sometimes comes up with complicated instructions that seem out of the way.
Try using the second link instead. It gives driving instructions based on the Etak mapping system, and seems to be there mainly as a sample of the kind of program you could write if you, as a developer, buy their mapping database. It's interface is crude compared to MapQuest, but it seems to come up with driving instructions that match the real world better. WebSkulker has used it for a couple of trips and likes it.
Continuing with the maps theme, Jr. Skulker H. Campbell told us about the first link, the Library Cats Map. Ms. Cat wants you to know that there are 316 library cats in the United States shown on this map: 115 current residents (most live, but including 6 sculptures, 1 stuffed Siberian tiger, 1 stuffed mountain lion, and 1 virtual) and 201 former residents. Click on your state to see where you can visit a library and pet a cat at the same time.
Ms. Cat's ego is flaring up from that item, and this won't help: Jr. Skulker Numike submitted the second link, "Welcome to the Temple of the Sacred Cat. We are a small congregation of international members throughout cyberspace that are devoted worshiper of the Sacred Cat and/or enlightened open minded people that understand that an alternative theology can coexist and compliment main stream religions." Wow. And you thought all cats could do was eat, sleep, purr, meow, and write newsletters.
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