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ISSN: 1527-814X Tuesday April 11, 2000

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WebSkulker improvements

Many of you jr. skulkers have used our link called "Read & Search archived issues" and you may have been disappointed by the search engine.  We were using the search that comes with the Microsoft Front Page product, but it had two serious faults: the Results page only showed the dates of the newsletters that contained your search terms, but no other information.  You had to open every hit to see why your search terms were in there, and often it wasn't anything relevant.  Also if you tried to search on a part of a URL, it wouldn't find anything.  Suppose you remembered an article about a company with a URL of and you tried to search on "xxxxx".  That wouldn't work; you would have had to put the entire URL into the search field.

We fixed all this over last weekend by switching the search function over to, and recommend that you look into this free search engine if you run your own web site.  You don't need to run any software, CGI programs, or anything like that.  The robot visits your site, indexes everything, and stores the results on their server.  You can specify a lot of details about what and how the robot should index, and how the search form and search results should look.  Check out our new search page to see how this free service works. has a paid service with even more options, but the free one seems fine to us.

Many of you jr. skulkers have taken advantage of our free web-based email service that gives you email boxes in the format .  If you haven't tried this yet, just click on our web page link "Free email"  The company that does the hosting of this service,, has added several enhancements they want us to tell you about:

  1. Email notification: An end-user can specify an alternative email address so that can notify the user at this alternative email address when new email arrives in the user's email account.

  2. Multiple attachments: Plug-in-Email will now support 3 attachments in the compose page.

  3. Bulk mail delivery option: An end-user can choose to have all bulk mails delivered to a special folder. Bulk mail is defined as any email not individually addressed to the end-user. This option allows users to keep bulk mail out of their In-Box by routing it directly to the Spam folder or Trash.

  4. Save a draft: The user can now save drafts of new messages and resume composing them later.

  5. Option to show header: An end-user can review detailed information in the To, From, and Cc, fields in the email header. This option makes it easier to view expanded headers when reviewing messages and can be turned on at any time during message review.

  6. Resolved field length limitations on address book: The To, Cc, and Bcc fields were lengthened so they can accept more email addresses.

WebSkulker likes these shareware programs

Jr. Skulker Louka Dlagnekov wrote to tell us about several shareware programs he wrote and hopes other jr. skulkers will try.  WebSkulker installed the StarFTP and WinTree programs and likes them.

Skulk yourself a great desktop theme

Thanks to Jr. Skulker MediaHound for telling us about this site that has thousands of screen savers, wallpaper pictures, fonts, and desktop themes that you can install in your Windows system.  Everything is well indexed, and hundreds of the files have been rated with 1 through 5 stars (actually plus signs) by the author of the site.

Fun applets for jr. skulkers

Jr. Skulker Robert Illes told us about this site that has 16 Java applets that are fun to play with.  Assuming you have Java turned on in your web browser (the default), these should work simply by visiting the site and choosing one.  Many of them have the source code available, if you want examples for learning Java yourself.  Robert's favorite was Kaleidoscope Painter at:

This made WebSkulker laugh

Submitted by Jr. Skulker Stuart Shostak

Dr. Seuss Explains Computers

If a packet hits a pocket on a socket on a port, 
and the bus is interrupted as a very last resort, 
and the address of the memory makes your floppy disk abort, 
then the socket packet pocket has an error to report. 

If your cursor finds a menu item followed by a dash, 
and the double-clicking icon puts your window in the trash, 
and your data is corrupted 'cause the index doesn't hash, 
then your situation's hopeless and your system's gonna crash. 

If the label on the cable on the table at your house, 
says the network is connected to the button on your mouse, 
but your packets want to tunnel on another protocol, 
that's repeatedly rejected by the printer down the hall. 

And your screen is all distorted by the side effects of gauss, 
so your icons in the window are as wavy as a souse, 
then you may as well reboot it and go out with a bang, 
cause as sure as I'm a poet, your system's gonna hang. 

When the copy of your floppy's getting sloppy on the disk, 
and the microcode instructions cause unnecessary risk, 
when you have to flash your memory and try to RAM your ROM, 
quickly turn off the computer and be sure to call your Mom.


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