Thursday, August 19, 2004

What happened to

I wrote about a while ago when it first launched and have used it consistently ever since.  Suddenly I go to get a login and password and the site is down!  For those of you that did have a chance to use the service, Bugmenot maintained a database of logins and passwords that you could use to access registration-required sites, such as the Los Angeles Times Online.

Boing Boing has a post regarding the site being down that publishes a quote from someone understood to be the admin for Bugmenot that states:

"Our host pulled the plug. I reckon they were pressured. If anyone has got some secure, preferably offshore hosting in mind then please let us know so we can get the service back up as soon as possible."

To add insult to injury, Boing Boing readers further report:

"I don't have the inside scoop on what happened to BugMeNot, but thought you might find this interesting. I've used the site in the past from work with no trouble, but as of today, it is blocked (our company uses WebSense filtering). I get a message saying that the site is blocked by the "Racism and Hate" category..."

"Hate."  As in hate to have to give an e-mail address and all my personal information to read your news?  This was a worthwhile service and I am personally very upset to see that it has gotten shut down.

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