Sunday, January 23, 2011

Freepost - Bugs can "bee" useful

Hong Kong readers of the South China Morning Post online will be aware that unless they have a paid subscription to its website, clicking on a link on its main page will only bring up the first couple of sentences of a story, with the rest supposedly available to subscribers only. But try this:
  • Copy the headline of a story (I did it with "China's mappers take on world and get lost today.) and paste it into Google.
  • Do a Google search for the story.
  • Click on the resulting link back to the Post.
In all 3 main Windows browsers (IE, Firefox and Chrome) this gives you the entire story without payment, not just the limited version.

Making It Better
And here is another story showing that bugs can "bee" useful. Please sign the petition to save these undervalued creatures who are vital to our food supply.


Troika said...

This works with most paid content... You can access FT stories the same way.

But why on earth would you want to read the SCMP?

Private Beach said...

For international stories, you wouldn't. But for local stories, the alternative is the Substandard. Need I say more?