Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Mad as hell...

... well, as heck, anyway. Amusing story in the Times today about life's petty annoyances.

Here's one petty annoyance: Web sites that make you register--like The New York Times's site! Easy way to fight back: Bug Me Not. Stick in the URL of the Web site you want to visit but which demands registration, and Bug Me Not will supply you with a fake user name and password.


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2 comments:

fanatic cook said...

I'm curious. Do you suppose bugmenot is an insidious middleman of sorts? I mean, are they collecting my data too?

Utterly Paranoid

Jim Donahue said...

It asks for no information from the user, and, if you read the FAQ (http://www.bugmenot.com/faq.php), it seems clear that the people behind the site find the collection of data to be intrusive. I've been using it for years, and I've had no problems.

Besides, it's recommended by The New York Times (I find it amusing that the story I linked to would mention Bug Me Not and not point out that it's perfect for bypassing the Times's own restrictions.), and you know the old gray lady would never lie to us, right?

Er, don't answer that.