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ISSN: 1527-814X Tuesday October 10, 2000

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Skulking through past issues

It's that time of year when all of you jr. skulkers interested in computers and/or consumer electronics should think about attending the Comdex show in Las Vegas November 13-17, 2000 and the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas January 6-9, 2001.  Both of these shows have huge exhibit areas that are open to the public completely free as long as you pre-register.  Go to the two links above, click on the link to register, and fill in the forms.  Don't concern yourself about questions that make it seem like you must be a dealer or other professional to attend.  No one checks anything whatsoever that you put in the form, so if you have no other company name,  just use "Yourname Consulting" or something like that and answer the questions with anything appropriate.

At some point you will get to the pricing options and you will be scared by the prices.  But keep looking, there will be an item called "Exhibits only" or something like that which is free.  Sign up for that and they will mail you an exhibit pass.


WebSkulker just learned about the first link above.  It is very much like that he has mentioned a couple of times before as a good place to look for bargain prices.  The authors of these sites post items pretty much every day with rebates, sales, and virtual discount coupons about computer and electronic items on sale at various online and real-world stores.


Jr. Skulker Ravendug told us about yet another way to register a domain name for free.  This one is actually quite nice.  They register the domain in your name just like any other registry and they have free features to redirect the domain to anything of your choice with no ads forced onto your page or anything like that.  The catch?  You have to agree to receive a bunch of spam emails from their advertisers who sponsor the site.

If you think like a skulker, you will say to yourself "self, why not just give them a fake email address, or get a new Hotmail one that I will never look at and let them send all the spam there."  But don't do this because you are registering a domain name and you need to receive email about the registration itself which will go to the same email address that gets the spam.  So you must give them a real email address that you will be looking at from time to time.


This page has instructions on how to build a robot based on a Palm Pilot.  Look at the picture on the home page to get the idea, and look at the two movies on their Q&A page.  (Yes, WebSkulker knows and has always known that "Palm Pilot" is no longer the correct name, but he likes to call them that anyway.)


Our 2/10/00 issue talked about the Raelian cult and their two weird web sites,  and

If you haven't seen these before then check them out first.  Now look at this item that was in the news today:

You'll come a-skulkin the TiVo with me

WebSkulker hasn't bought a TiVo yet, but is seriously considering it for his next gadget.  If you don't know what TiVo is, then look at the first link for their official site.  Jr. Skulker Batteryman suggested the topic of hacking these TiVo devices, but the URL he gave us quit working.  Ms. Cat got right on the problem and came up with the second and third links which go into details about the internals of the device and the Linux-based software built into it, and how you can do a lot of hacks to them such as adding a hard drive to increase the storage capacity.

The fourth link is humorous song about hacking TiVos, sung to the tune of Waltzing Matilda.

Do gorillas skulk?  What about guerrillas?

For you jr. skulkers who bill for your services and have always wanted a good program to log your time and expenses and produce invoices, take a look at this site.  They have a totally free web-based system that does all this, and because it is web-based, you can add, review entries, and produce invoices and reports from any computer anywhere.

If you don't have a Palm Pilot yet then you should definitely check out this site because they will sell you the brand new Palm M100 for only $99.95.  These normally sell for about $150, so this is a great deal.  But wait, there's more:  you aren't really buying the Palm, they give you that for free when you buy their premium service for $99.95.  So for that price you get the premium service and the Palm with no other obligation that WebSkulker can see.  Even if you have no interest in their service, get it for the Palm.

M.C. WebSkulker and Ms. Cat Dog

"Yo! This site is your ultimate resource for information about Stephen Hawking the gangsta rapper. While there are dozens of other sites on the web devoted to Stephen Hawking's scientific achievements, I am unaware of a single site (aside from this one) devoted to his career as a lyrical terrorist.  Despite three critically acclaimed albums and nearly ten years on the mic, Stephen Hawking remains virtually unknown as a musician. Well fuck that shit, this is a new millenium and my boy MC Hawking is gonna be crazy large! So check out the crib."

Thanks to Jr. Skulker Charlie Swindell for telling us about this site.

This made WebSkulker laugh

Submitted by Jr. Skulker Chris Bernay

Design Flaws

Henry Ford dies and goes to heaven. At the Gates, St. Peter greets Ford, and tells him, "Well, you've been such a good guy, and your invention...the assembly line for the automobile...changed the world. As a reward, you can hang out with anyone in Heaven you want."

Ford thinks about it, and says, "I want to hang out with God Himself."

So, the befuddled St. Peter takes Ford to the Throne Room, and introduces him to God. Ford then asks God, - "When you invented Woman, what were You thinking?"  God asks, "What do you mean?" "Well," says Ford, "You have some major design flaws in your invention:

1. There's too much front end protrusion.

2. It chatters way too much at high speeds.

3. Maintenance is extremely high.

4. It constantly needs repainting and refinishing.

5. It is out of commission at least 5 or 6 of every 28 days.

6. The rear end wobbles too much.

7. The intake is placed too close to the exhaust.

8. The headlights are usually too small.

9. Fuel consumption is outrageous.

Just to name a few." "Hmmm...," replies God, "Hold on a minute." God goes over to the Celestial Supercomputer, types in a few keystrokes, and waits for the results. In no time the computer prints out a report, and God reads it.

God then turns to Ford, and says, "It may be that my invention is flawed, but according to these statistics, more men are riding my invention than yours!


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