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Old 09-06-2004, 01:15 PM   #1
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I just found a site that will provide junk logins for free registration sites like The New York Times and The Washington Post. If you're like me and don't care to provide your email address to register, just go to this site and type in the site URL to see if it has a username and password for that site already. I just tried it with a local newspaper which annoyingly recently made the sports columns require registration.

While typing this I thought of Scott Burns' column on The Dallas Morning News. So far BugMeNot is providing logins that aren't working. (You can click "this login didn't work" and it will spit out another...tried 6 times but haven't found a working one yet.) But the first try worked for 3 or 4 other papers so far.

P.S. Although BugMeNot isn't working for Scott Burns, since he's syndicated I can usually find his columns for free using Google News search. One of the Houston papers is free and picks up the columns pretty quick.

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Re: Fake Free Registration Accounts
Old 09-06-2004, 02:00 PM   #2
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Re: Fake Free Registration Accounts

I understand that many of the sites requiring registration have assigned someone to check the bugmenot's registrations once a day or so and cancel out those accounts.

What I do is create a bogus hotmail account under a fake name, complete with bogus address information and whatnot. I then use that for any required registrations. Once a year I dump it and make up a new fake identity.

Works very well.

I dont understand the fascination with insisting on gathering (probably bogus) information from people in exchange for reading articles you can find for 'free' anyhow. As a former marketing guy, I do get it. Some people are idiots and havent thought through what they're really getting and probably think they're getting good demographics or targeting information.

They're not.

Reminds me of when a high tech company I worked for started asking all the employees to fill out a 'time/activity' sheet to identify what they were spending their time doing. I suggested this was a fools errand. As I expected, people were not only having 15-20 minutes of their day wasted filling the thing out, they were actually waiting until the end of the week and then filling out what they "thought" they had been doing or what they wanted the boss to think they'd been doing.

As a result, business decisions were made based on this data, and those did little more than make some problems worse.

They filed for chapter 11 six months later, never came out.

Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful. Just another form of "buy low, sell high" for those who have trouble with things. This rule is not universal. Do not buy a 1973 Pinto because everyone else is afraid of it.
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Old 09-06-2004, 06:12 PM   #3
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I have two free e-mail addresses.
Yahoo for secure usage - family, friends, bank contact

Netscape for all those other log ins that I'm afraid will give out my e-mail address.

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