Friday, March 22, 2013

Cheaters Never Prosper, Not at NYTimes Anyway

Getting around the NY Times pay wall just got harder.

I used to be able to read any number of articles for free simply by subscribing to their daily email summary of headlines, and clicking on the link. Today that doesn't work.

A few days ago, I found that my old trick of moving the link from the newsletter to the Mac desktop no longer worked either.

What can we do as a matter of principle to keep the internet free (and save a little change at the same time)? Sometimes, if you google the exact headline, you will get a direct link to the article. Or maybe you will find that another cheater has posted a link, which google search picks up and will lead you to the article. Try this site, for example:

Perhaps some of the Times Twitter feeds will work. I haven't tried that yet.

If any other principled cheaters have found workarounds, please let me know in the comments.