To lie or keep in hiding, as for some evil reason.  To move or go in a mean, stealthy manner.
ISSN: 1527-814X Tuesday April 25, 2000

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WebSkulker celebrates a late Easter

WebSkulker was on vacation for the last couple of days, so this is the closest issue to the Easter holiday.  Jr. Skulker Chris Gray asked us about an Easter Egg in Windows 95 and 98, which got WebSkulker thinking that this would be a good topic for a late Easter article.  Easter Eggs are hidden features in many software products that the authors hide as a joke.  You do some weird combination of keystrokes and/or mouse movements and some hidden function will pop up and do something entertaining, often displaying a list of the authors as part of the process.  They are probably called Easter Eggs because the program authors expect people to hunt for them like an Easter Egg hunt.

The first site above has a good collection of over 1,700 Easter Eggs in software products, but the site expands on the concept by also including hundreds of secrets hidden in movies, music, TV shows, books, and art works.  Some of the items on this site seem fake, but most are probably legitimate.

The second site has Easter Eggs discovered in DVD movies.

Skulking more free international phone calls

In our 4/20/00 issue, WebSkulker wrote about a site lets you make free phone calls from your PC to real telephone numbers in the U.S. and 13 other countries.  We just found two similar sites that let you call free to phone numbers in selected other countries.  The first can call phone numbers in Hong Kong and Singapore, the second in Korea.

Coordinate your skulking

This service is a lot of fun to play with and is free as long as you only use it to send messages to three people at a time.  The point of the site is to send messages to large groups of people and then you have to pay a small amount, but it might be worth it.  You build a directory of people, entering for each person their various phone numbers, fax numbers, email addresses, and alphanumeric pager numbers.  Then you tell the site to send a message to all or any subset of these people, and how you want the message to go to each person.  If you say email, fax, or pager, then the text of your message will be sent to that device.  If you say telephone, then the system will call them and a speech synthesizer will read your message to them, or you can optionally record the message in your own voice.  The system can therefore deliver the same message to a large number of people, some of whom don't have email, some who prefer email, some who prefer fax, etc.  If the message is important, you can specify several delivery options for the same person.  The system can call them on the phone, send them a fax and email, and page their pager, so you can be pretty darn certain that they received the message one way or another. 

Your message can include a question that can be answered with "yes" or "no".  This won't work for fax or pagers, but for phone and email messages, the system will ask the question and ask for a response.  When you look at the delivery report, you will see who answered which way.

You really should try the telephone option.  It's fun to have the voice synthesizer call up your friends and play them a message, including asking a question at the end and waiting for a touch tone response.  Remember that it's free to send as many messages as you want, as long as each message has no more than three recipients.  Have it call your own phone number to understand exactly how this all works.

How to tell a friend he skulks too much

"Have you ever tried to tell a co-worker that he's got body odor , but you are reluctant to tell him in person?  Wanted to tell your friend that she does not look very attractive with hairy armpits in her bikini, but you don't know how to bring the issue to her without offending her? Wanted to let your boss know that his ego is bigger than the Walls in China, but you don't know how to tell him without getting fired?  Let help you help them!  Give-a-hint will let you send a FREE anonymous e-postcard along with a funny animated cartoon, or an anonymous letter via mail along with a hintful gift..."

This made WebSkulker laugh

Submitted by Jr. Skulker Grant Ellis

A teenager comes home from school with a writing assignment. He asks his father for help. "Dad, can you tell me the difference between potential and reality?"

His father looks up thoughtfully, and then says, "I'll display it to you. Go ask your mother if she would sleep with Robert Redford for a million dollars. Then go ask your sister if she would sleep with Brad Pitt for a million dollars. Then come back here and tell me what you've learned."

The kid is puzzled, but he decides to see if he can figure out what his father means. He asks his mother, "Mom, if someone gave you a million dollars, would you sleep with Robert Redford?" His mother looks around slyly, and then with a little smile on her face says,"Don't tell your father, but, yes, I would."

Then he goes up to his sister's room and asks her," Sis, if someone gave you a million dollars, would you sleep with Brad Pitt?" His sister looks up and says," Omigod! Definitely!"

The kid goes back to his father and says," Dad, I think I've figured it out. Potentially, we are sitting on two million bucks, but in reality, we are living with a couple of whores."


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