Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Free Press

After the internet, ask people for money for anything they can get for free, a blackmarket bigger than the original will quickly come up. Put something across free access and an easier path will open up, just like water just flows around obstacles. A lot of times, I have been received links for newspaper articles by email only to find out that a 'registration' is required. The registration itself is not bad, but telling it is just an irritant and it takes the precious few minutes that I have of internet time. If you are going to let me view them for free, why not just let them free, instead of bringing up a 'login' page? I have registered in so many news sites that it is very difficult to keep track of all logins and passwords, unless they are all the same. To overcome this and to prevent any new registration, there is this nifty website called bugmenot.com

Many kind souls have 'donated' login/password combinations for many sites, including the ones I frequent, like nytimes.com, latimes.com, etc. The main page says '38125 sites liberated', 'tell everybody you know'. I have given a few too.

One question though, will the passwords be safe? The internet being filled with lowlifes, will they let the passwords remain?

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