Sacramento Bee Announces Paywall: Will You Subscribe?

Sep 8, 2012 Full story: Patch.com 7

Sacramento-area residents will no longer be able to read the full Sacramento Bee online for free.

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Anchovy

Gig Harbor, WA

#1 Sep 27, 2012
It wasn't worth the price when it was free.
coakl

Fair Oaks, CA

#2 Nov 9, 2012
To get around the paywall, block the following sites:
*.ppjol.com
*.ppjol.net
RiccardoFool

Elk Grove, CA

#3 Nov 10, 2012
I get my news from Fox News and Rush Limbaugh. What in the name of Hilary Clinton would I want to read the Sacramento Bee for?
Task Force 141

Sacramento, CA

#4 Nov 15, 2012
You can also block the paywall by using an ad blocker in your browser ("AdBlock Plus" works well for both Chrome and Firefox).

For Internet Explorer, if a suitable ad blocker is not available, try adding *.ppjol.com and *.ppjol.net to the Restricted Sites Zone. Go to: "Tools" menu, click on "Internet Options", click on "Security" tab, click on "Sites" button. After adding the target sites, make sure all of the settings for this Zone are the most restrictive...i.e. disable everything, except Popup Blocker, SmartScreen Filter, XSS Filter, and "Only allow approved domains to use ActiveX without prompt".

Or use a custom HOSTS file to block any contact between your computer and hundreds of known advertising, tracking, and malicious servers. You need Administrator access to make this change to Windows.
More details at:
http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm

Since: May 07

Los Altos, CA

#5 Nov 21, 2012
Sacbee is possibly the worst newspaper I have ever seen, especially their online content. Biased, full of mistakes and poorly written articles. Their site is also riddled with banner advertisements, pop-ups, etc. and apparently they still weren't generating enough money so now they are trying to bleed the readers for it. Good luck with that suckbee.

Also, don't fall for it when they send high school students come door-to-door trying to give out free trial subscriptions. Fell for it once and then couldn't get my subscription cancelled. Correction, they stopped delivering the paper, they just kept billing me for it. It took me 6 months of back and forth arguing and them lying to me telling me I had cancelled, only to get another bill a month later. I eventually had to get the Better Business Bureau involved to get it resloved.
Citoyen Kane

United States

#6 Nov 24, 2012
The New York Times is well worth the monthly fee for an online subscription. Not true for all these other wannabe newspapers, including Bee.
coakl

Sacramento, CA

#8 Nov 3, 2013
Task Force 141 wrote:
You can also block the paywall by using an ad blocker in your browser ("AdBlock Plus" works well for both Chrome and Firefox).
For Internet Explorer, if a suitable ad blocker is not available, try adding *.ppjol.com and *.ppjol.net to the Restricted Sites Zone. Go to: "Tools" menu, click on "Internet Options", click on "Security" tab, click on "Sites" button. After adding the target sites, make sure all of the settings for this Zone are the most restrictive...i.e. disable everything, except Popup Blocker, SmartScreen Filter, XSS Filter, and "Only allow approved domains to use ActiveX without prompt".
Or use a custom HOSTS file to block any contact between your computer and hundreds of known advertising, tracking, and malicious servers. You need Administrator access to make this change to Windows.
More details at:
http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm
Reading SacBee.com Sacramento Bee for free.
ppjol.com and ppjol.net work by obscuring your view of SacBee.
With the AdBlock Plus extension in Firefox and Google Chrome, ppjol.com and ppjol.net must be blocked in the custom filter, if the subscribed filter lists don't do the job. That means adding the sites yourself in the Custom Filter tab in the Preferences.

Putting both ppjol.com and ppjol.net into the Internet Explorer Restricted Sites zone also works for that browser. You don't need administrator access to do this; any user can do this. Limiting those sites' ability to use javascript in your browser is the key.

If you have Adblock Plus, you don't need to mess with the HOSTS file...you already have the ad blocking ability. Plus, you won't have to download and install newer versions of the HOSTS file at least once or twice a year, otherwise the HOSTS will gradually become ineffective.

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