You can’t help feeling sorry for Rupert.
His hard-wired tendency to accumulate dollars is being threatened by Google, or at least he believes it is.
I don’t buy newspapers. Apart from the fact that very little of what is printed these days is remotely digestible, you have to part with hard-earned over the counter, and the bloody things are full of naff advertisements.
To my way of thinking, anything containing advertisements should be free. This principle holds for free-to-air television after all.
For a while, I was mug enough to buy a couple of subscriptions to The Oz and The Age to read them on my iPad. I must have been dreaming.
It ain’t necessary, dear reader, because you can access everything in The Oz for free on-line. I’ll explain the simple steps –
- Get on to the Australian Home Page.
- Find the story you want. They’re all there. Most have the firewall symbol near the top, indicating they are behind the firewall.
- Highlight the first few words or the first sentence of the story, and paste them into your search engine. I use Google. I haven’t tried other search engines, but it may work for them.
- Hit the search button. The story will appear in its entirety.
I'll experiment with other firewall protected newspapers and let you know how I get on.