To lie or keep in hiding, as for some evil reason.  To move or go in a mean, stealthy manner.
ISSN: 1527-814X Friday August 4, 2000

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They was dancinŽ and singinŽ
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Jr. skulkers can make free calls NOW!   1-888-INETNOW   1-888-463-8669

WebSkulker has mentioned InetNow a couple of times before and it's worth mentioning again because until 9/30/00 you can use it to make free phone calls to anyone in the U.S.   Real phone calls, not PC-based Internet calls!  Read the article in our 4/7/00 issue about what you are supposed to use InetNow for, then continue to read the following.

After you sign up for your free account at the InetNow web site and get a userid and password for the phone number, log in to your account at the web site.  At the left you will see a box called Address Book.  Click directly on the words "Address Book" to go to a screen for viewing and editing your phone and address directory.  Click on "Add Entry" and add entries for anyone you want to make free calls to.

Now dial into the InetNow phone number, give the operator your phone id and password, and tell them that you want them to look up an entry in your address book.  Give them a name, and when they find it, ask them if they will please dial it for you.  According to their latest newsletter (and WebSkulker talked to one of their operators to confirm this) they will dial the phone number, connect you to it, and get off the line leaving you to talk privately with your friend for as long as you want!  All InetNow services, including these phone calls, are completely free until 9/30/00.

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Jr. Skulker Batteryman mentioned this phone number that will let you listen to a demonstration of the company's text-to-speech products.  The demo doesn't do anything useful, but it's fun to play with.

Surplus skulkers

Jr. Skulker Chris Baldwin told us about Surplus Traders, a web site for jr. skulkers interested in electronics, especially if you build your own equipment or like to play around with gadgets.  They have thousands and thousands of items for sale, with new items added all the time.  As an example of how comprehensive this site is, their index has over 128 categories of telephone equipment and 334 categories of computer equipment, and lots more. 

To skulk and to serve

This is one of those sites that can lead you to a highly-paid career if you take it seriously.  It has tutorials and articles about the internals of web servers and the details of how they interact with web browsers, along with articles on how to choose and install a web server.  This information might be useful for anyone who runs a web site and wants to understand more about how this all works, and for anyone who wants to get into the web administration business.

Skulking in the ghost city

Jr. Skulker Dan Northridge suggests going to this site if you have a lot of time to waste.  Just click on everything and see what happens.  WebSkulker got bored of it after a while and has no idea if there is an ending point.

This made WebSkulker laugh

Submitted by Jr. Skulker Anna Shirokova-Shostak

Corporate Lessons


A crow was sitting on a tree, doing nothing all day. A small rabbit saw the crow, and asked him, "Can I also sit like you and do nothing all day?" The crow answered: "Sure, why not." So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the crow, and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it. 

Moral to the story is: To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up. 


A turkey was chatting with a bull. "I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree," sighed the turkey, "but I haven't got the energy." "Well, why don't you nibble on some of my droppings?" replied the bull. "They're packed with nutrients." The turkey pecked at a lump of dung and found that it actually gave him enough strength to reach the first branch of the tree. The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch. Finally after a fortnight, there he was proudly perched at the top of the tree. Soon he was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot the turkey out of the tree. 

Moral of the story: Bullshit might get you to the top, but it won't keep you there. 


A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold, the bird froze and fell to the ground in a large field. While it was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on it. As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, it began to realize how warm it was. The dung was actually thawing him out! He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy. A passing cat heard the bird singing and come to investigate. Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him! 

The Morals to the story are: 

1) Not everyone who drops shit on you is your enemy. 
2) Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend. 
3) And when you're in deep shit, keep your mouth shut. 


An organization is like a tree full of monkeys, all on different limbs at different levels, some climbing up, some fooling around and some simply just idling. The monkeys on top look down and see a tree full of smiling faces. The monkeys on the bottom look up and see nothing but assholes.


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