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Monday September 13, 1999

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Never trust a Skulker

WebSkulker lied in the last edition (what do you expect from someone who skulks?).  He claimed he wouldn't put out a second edition until today to give people a chance to comment on the premiere edition and perhaps make changes.  The real reason is that he flew to Los Angeles for a long weekend and didn't want to write the newsletter on the road.  He attended a "9999" dinner on Thursday, 9/9/99 hosted by this character named "Uncle Brucie" and attended by a group of phone phreaks and hangers on from around Southern California.  This will be a continuing event every millennium so mark your calendar for 9/9/2099, the next "9999" date.

The highlight of the "9999" dinner was an exchange of gifts relating somehow to the number 9.  WebSkulker gave a set of Pokemon toys with 9 pieces and received a can of 9-Lives Cat Food.  Examples of other prizes: a pool ball with number 9, Product 19 Cereal, a war-surplus counting device set to all 9's.

Skulking out Apple's secret new products

WebSkulker has junior skulkers everywhere and has received information about a new product that Apple is now beta testing: the iBrator.  It's translucent.  It comes in several colors.  It ..., well, see for yourself at this site that apparently has drafts of the marketing material.

WebSkulker has it on good authority that another company was already making these except, of course, without the Apple logo.  Steve Jobs bought one for his wife.  She liked it so much that he bought the company and told his staff they should develop a computer that looks the same.

Yet another site Mac owners can't use

WebSkulker loves to point out web sites and other Internet facilities that don't work on Macs.  Today's site was contributed by jr. skulker Michael and is a  dictionary and language translation tool you download to your PC.  Unlike other dictionary programs, this one connects back to its web site to update its word lists automatically with the latest Internet and computer jargon and any other new definitions added to the database.

Download and install Babylon and optional foreign-language dictionaries.  Babylon runs in the background and sits in your system tray for easy access to menus.  You look up words by moving your mouse over any word in any application on the screen and pressing the right mouse button (this can be configured in different ways).  A window pops up giving the definition/translation and choices to do immediate web and encyclopedia searches involving that word. If Babylon recognizes the phrase containing the word, it will pop up a definition/translation of the phrase as well as the single word.

More skulking around "whois"

In the last edition, WebSkulker pointed out that there are now multiple organizations registering domains in .com, .org, and .net so it has become more difficult to get information about who owns a domain.  We now have more information on this.  First, a company in Germany with the web site will register domains at a discount price of $42 for the first two years instead of the $70 that everyone else charges.  Second, the site will do an authoritative lookup on any domain name and tell you the name of the registry company that handles that domain.  This will not be the owner of the domain, but rather which registry the owner used, and therefore which registry has the details.  You must then do a whois search pointing to that registry as the host, or go to the web page for that registry and use their lookup function.

This made WebSkulker laugh

A man was sitting alone in his office one night when a genie popped up out of his ashtray and said, "And what will your third wish be?"  The man looked at the genie and said, "Huh? How can I be getting a third wish when I haven't had a first or second wish yet?"

"You have had two wishes already," the genie said, "but your second wish was for me to put everything back the way it was before you made your first wish. Thus, you remember nothing, because everything is the way it was before you made any wishes.  You now have one wish left."

"Okay," said the man, "I don't believe this, but what the heck.  I wish I were irresistible to women."  "Funny," said the genie as it granted his wish and disappeared forever. "That was your first wish, too!"


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