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ISSN: 1527-814X Monday November 27, 2000

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Skulking turkey

WebSkulker heard this on the radio yesterday and was skeptical, but after some web research, he is convinced.  It seems that in the Seventh Century, a rural section of the Catholic church consecrated a new Bishop of York under suspicious circumstances that didn't quite follow the rules.  Several years later the Archbishop of Canterbury reviewed this and informed the Bishop of York that there had been irregularities in his ordination and asked him to step down.  Unlike some modern politicians we know, the Bishop humbly and graciously gave up the position; so humbly and so graciously, in fact, that he was later consecrated properly and sent to serve a new region.  He is now a Saint in the Catholic church.

His name:  St. Chad!!!!



Is it too late for Thanksgiving items?  If not, you jr. skulkers might recognize today's headline as coming from the Alice's Restaurant song by Arlo Guthrie.  The littering crime occurred on a Thanksgiving day, and the above link will bring you to a page about the real Officer Obie who arrested Arlo.


Jr. Skulker The Vegan sent us this link showing his idea of a just Thanksgiving.

Multiple Arcade Machine Skulking

Our 3/8/00 and 8/7/00 issues mentioned emulators for classic video games.  Jr. Skulker Wes Chester told us about his favorite emulator, MAME, which emulates multiple arcade games in a single emulator program.  "MAME stands for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. When used in conjunction with a game's data files (ROMs), MAME will more or less faithfully reproduce that game on a PC. MAME can currently emulate over 1500 classic arcade video games from the '70s and '80s.  The ROM images that MAME utilizes are 'dumped' from arcade games' original circuit-board ROM chips. MAME becomes the 'hardware' for the games, taking the place of their original CPUs and support chips. Therefore, these games are NOT simulations, but the actual, original games that appeared in arcades.  MAME's purpose is to preserve these early decades of video-game history. As gaming technology continues to rush forward, MAME prevents these important vintage games from being lost and forgotten."

The first link above is the home page for MAME, which has the latest MAME news as the bulk of the page, so first time viewers should click on each of the links in the upper right-hand corner for the introductory material.  The Download section leads you to the DOS version which will also run in a DOS box under Windows.  But there is a version specifically for Windows called MAME32 which you can download from the second link.  That one also has MAME for Macintosh, Unix, OS/2, etc.  The weirdest one is MAME for the LCD screen on the back of a Kodak digital camera!  Seriously, look at the third link above for pictures of this.

The fourth link is critical as it contains the ROM images of the games.  The emulator is worthless without them, so search here for your favorite old games, download the ROM image, and install it into the folder where MAME can find it.

Skulking the connected virgins

Our 4/14/00 and 6/1/00 issues encouraged all of you jr. skulkers to get your VirginConnect Webplayer device which was a standalone "Internet appliance" computer that they were giving away essentially free.  If you didn't get one, you can click on the first link above to see a picture of what you missed, and note that it's too late now.

For those of you who have the Webplayer, you know that they have discontinued service and are asking you to return the machine, telling you that it is now useless and can't be used with any other ISP.  Don't believe it:  hold on to your Webplayer because it turns out to be quite easy to change parameters in hidden menus so that the Webplayer can dial into any standard dialup ISP (e.g. not AOL) where you have an account, and continue to work as a standalone web browser.  Better yet, people have figured out how to install a hard drive inside the Webplayer and install real operating systems like Windows and Linux on it, so for very little money you can skulk yourself a full-blown portable PC.

The second link is to a BBS that discusses hacking (and skulking) the Webplayer and other Internet appliances.  Go to that page and look about two-thirds of the way down for a sub-board called "Virgin Webplayer" and start reading.

Click here for for a shortcut to a message dated 11/15/2000 by a Randy who explains in detail how to get into the secret menu area of the Webplayer and set it up for a different ISP.  While you are in that menu, make one other change not mentioned in this message, but recommended by people on the BBS:  in the Dialup Settings tab, change the value "modem.baudrate" from 28000 to 110000.  Note that people on the BBS recommend 56000 because it is a 56 kb modem, however one should always set the computer-to-modem speed at 110000 because the modems can often compress the data stream and deliver some types of data faster than 56000 if you set the parameter to allow this.

Randy's message talks about guessing a password, but you don't have to go through that trouble because the third link above gives you several versions of a program that will calculate the passwords for you.  This program is only right maybe 60% of the time so you will probably still have to go through several guesses, but this will be a lot faster with the program than with the calculations Randy gives.

Skulking the Florida ballot

You jr. skulkers have no doubt received multiple copies of the joke Palm Beach Florida Ballot picture from friends as email attachments.  Jr. Skulker Sidney Bernay sent us this link that has a much more sophisticated version of the same idea.

This made WebSkulker laugh

Submitted by Jr. Skulker Marvelena Quesada

Thanksgiving Poem

When I was a young turkey,
new to the coop,
My big brother Mike
took me out on the stoop,

Then he sat me down,
and he spoke real slow,
And he told me there was something
that I had to know;

His look and his tone
I will always remember,
When he told me of the horrors
of..... Black November;

"Come about August,
now listen to me,
Each day you'll get six meals
instead of just three,

"And soon you'll be thick,
where once you were thin,
And you'll grow a big rubbery thing
under your chin;

"And then one morning,
when you're warm in your bed,
In'll burst the farmer's wife,
and hack off your head;

"Then she'll pluck out all your feathers
so you're bald 'n pink,
And scoop out all your insides
and leave ya lyin' in the sink;

"And then comes the worst part"
he said not bluffing,
"She'll spread your cheeks
and pack your rear with stuffing".

Well, the rest of his words
were too grim to repeat,
I sat on the stoop
like a winged piece of meat,

And decided on the spot
that to avoid being cooked,
I'd have to lay low
and remain overlooked;

I began a new diet
of nuts and granola,
High-roughage salads,
juice and diet cola;

And as they ate pastries,
chocolates and crepes,
I stayed in my room
doing Jane Fonda tapes;

I maintained my weight
of two pounds and a half,
And tried not to notice
when the bigger birds laughed;

But 'twas I who was laughing,
under my breath,
As they chomped and they chewed,
ever closer to death;

And sure enough
when Black November rolled around,
I was the last turkey
left in the entire compound;

So now I'm a pet
in the farmer's wife's lap;
I haven't a worry,
so I eat and I nap;

She held me today,
while sewing and humming,
And smiled at me and said:
"Christmas is coming..."


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