BugMeNot: Ignore those annoying mandatory registration
Is there something more annoying then being required to fill out a website registration before reading an article? I don't think so! Even if I had 100 fingers, I couldn't count the number of times I was interested in reading a New York Times article, but gave up after seeing the mandatory logon screen. Even if the registration is free, the principle of asking for personal information before letting people in just makes me plain angry.
BugMeNot provides a free public collection of usernames and passwords for various registration-required web sites. Isn't that great? No more swearing and throwing your screen out of your window (Ever done it? It makes you feel good!). Usually, there is multiple user names for each site, so the probability that none will work is very small.
If you are using Firefox, there is a free extension that brings the BugMeNot functionalities to an all new level. It lets you bypass the registration screen automatically via Firefox's right-click context menu.