This old edition of Lifehacker is so tasty, just listing the ingredients makes me want to eat it:
~ How to get free subscriptions to online newspapers
~ How to get free wireless access
~ Getting onto Gmail when it’s down
~ Accessing busy sites
~ Bypassing country-based internet blocks, and
~ Downloading YouTube.
Oh, and setting up your own proxy service. Sounds like an average hour on the internet these days.
You can read the full how-to guide here.