7 July, 2004
Insert shoe size to continue
I might as well mention this in case people had missed it:
Bugmenot.com offers "a mechanism to quickly bypass the login of web sites that require compulsory registration and/or the collection of personal/demographic information". Whenever you encounter a website requiring registration, don't provide your own details, log in with a fake id from Bugmenot. At the time of writing, they claim to have 'liberated' 10904 sites, and whenever a new one is encountered, the discoverer is encouraged to register with false details and submit the login and password to bugmenot, for the use of future visitors.
I've been using it occasionally for a few months, but have just discovered that an extension has been written for Firefox, incorporating the Bugmenot functionality into the browser's context menu (i.e. right-click and select it, to get a login and password for the site currently being visited).
This extension has been adopted as an official part of the Mozilla development project, which is an indication of the community's distaste for such demographic/marketing tactics as compulsory registration.
Oh, there's a version for IE too, if you must use an inferior browser.....
As the byline on the Bugmenot home page says: "tell everyone you know".