Bypassing NYT registration
From the comment section over a La Shawn Barber's place:
How to bypass the NY Times Web registration:
Their Web server is set up to let Google searches through. So if it sees a referrer URL coming from Google, it will let it through. Therefore:
1. Right-click (Ctrl-click if you’re on a Mac) on the NY Times link and choose “Copy URL” (I think it’s called “Copy link location” in Internet Explorer).
2. Open up Google.
3. Paste the URL into Google’s search page. Click Search.
4. Google’s search results give you a link to the URL you just pasted in.
5. Click that link. Voila, the NY Times Web server sees a referrer URL coming from Google and lets you in.
comment by Robin Munn — 09.05.04 @ 2:59 pm
Awesome, it works. I'm gonna write a Firefox plugin that takes advantages of this "feature."
Posted by jkhat at September 5, 2004 07:49 PM
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If you're writing a plugin, you can probably manipulate the referrer URL at will. (Note that it's spelled "referer" with only one "r" in the HTTP headers)
That's probably better than driving unnecessary traffic through Google with your plugin.