To lie or keep in hiding, as for some evil reason.  To move or go in a mean, stealthy manner.
ISSN: 1527-814X Friday January 14, 2000

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WebSkulker goofed

In yesterday's issue, WebSkulker told you about a company that plans to give out free DSL lines for high-speed, always-on, Internet access, in return for you watching ads while you surf.  They will charge you $100 to purchase the modem unless you refer ten friends to them, in which case they will give you the modem free.  We requested that you give WebSkulker's email address as the referral, but it turns out that isn't enough.  You must also sign up using a special URL:,30586,507&.exe

If you already signed up for the service, don't worry about it, but if you haven't registered, please click on that link to get to the instructions and signup form.  When you are asked who referred you, type ""   Be sure to put the period in "mr.skulker", and no spaces!

For rich jr. skulkers only

WebSkulker saw this at the Consumer Electronics Show last weekend and is thinking about buying their service.  They offer the only fixed-price, unlimited, nationwide, wireless email receiving and sending device and service, with some wireless web browsing thrown in.  Go to their page and look at the picture of the device.  It's like an alphanumeric pager, but a little larger and with a keyboard so you can type messages as well as receive them.  The screen can display 8 lines of 25 characters each, along with simple graphics.  It has a megabyte of RAM, so it can store a lot of large email messages.

There are several other wireless email solutions available, such as the Palm VII, wireless modems for other Palm models, and other two-way pager devices.  But all of those, as far as WebSkulker is aware, charge by usage, and the price is high.  If you receive a large amount of email with those other services, you will end up paying hundreds of dollars a month.  The goamerica service is $59.95 for unlimited email sending and receiving and web browsing with no roaming fees, so you can use it in most cities across the country.  The pager device is $299.

You've got questions? Skulk for answers.

This site contains pointers to hundreds of FAQ's on all kinds of topics.  You probably know that "FAQ" stands for "Frequently Asked Questions", and many of these FAQ files are quite comprehensive and give great introductions to their topics.  Thanks to Jr. Skulker Batteryman for suggesting this site.

If you are interested in technical details about the Internet, this site also points to information about Internet RFC's (Request for Comment), FYI's (For your Information), STD's (Standards), and BCP's (Best Current Practices). 

These people also skulk

They describe themselves thusly: "the industry leader in the digital underworld, we are pleased to offer a full range of criminal services and products to our customers. Our willing staff of ethically challenged programmers and network analysts are standing by to serve you at pay phones and IRC channels around the world. We look forward to doing business with you."

But ignore their criminal claims, the site and their "products" are all in fun.  Go to the second link, scroll down about halfway, and look at all the scary links and buttons.  WebSkulker has clicked on most of them and they don't do any permanent harm, so don't be too afraid to try them.  The worst that can happen is that you might have to reboot to get out of something.

This made WebSkulker laugh

Submitted by Jr. Skulker Marvelena Quesada

Awful puns

Evidence has been found that William Tell and his family were avid bowlers. However, all the league records were unfortunately destroyed in a fire. Thus we'll never know for whom the Tells bowled. 

A man rushed into the doctor's office and shouted, "Doctor! I think I'm shrinking!" The doctor calmly responded, "Now, settle down. You'll just have to be a little patient." 

Back in the 1800s the Tates Watch Company of Massachusetts wanted to produce other products and, since they already made the cases for pocket watches, decided to market compasses for the pioneers traveling west. It turned out that although their watches were of finest quality, their compasses were so bad that people often ended up in Canada or Mexico rather than California. This, of course, is the origin of the expression, "He who has a Tates, is lost!" 

An Indian chief was feeling very sick, so he summoned the medicine man. After a brief examination, the medicine man took out a long, thin strip of elk hide and gave it to the chief, instructing him to bite off, chew and swallow one inch of the leather every day. After a month, the medicine man returned to see how the chief was feeling. The chief shrugged and said, "The thong is ended, but the malady lingers on." 

A famous Viking explorer returned home from a voyage and found his name missing from the town register. His wife insisted on complaining to the local civic official who apologized profusely saying, "I must have taken Leif off my census." 

There were three Indian squaws. One slept on a deer skin. One slept on an elk skin and the third slept on a hippopotamus skin. All three became pregnant and the first two each had a baby boy. The one who slept on the hippopotamus skin had twin boys. This goes to prove that the squaw of the hippopotamus is equal to the sons of the squaws of the other two hides.


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