Tuesday, 02 August 2005

How much time do you spend at your PC doing things other than what you really should be doing? Are you a Solitaire or Freecell addict? Too much time spent on the web? Hooked on one computer program or another that's taking away from your ability to get things done? Starting to think you need to find a sponsor to help you get over your problem?

Hey, I can relate, and someone in a similar predicament decided the problem was one worth solving. My friend Scott told me he saw this little download over at LifeHacker.com (a site which is highly recommended by the way) called Temptation Blocker.

What is it, exactly?

Temptation Blocker is a free program from WebJillion that lets you lock yourself up and stay away from running those programs that constantly distract you and keep you from doing the things you know you really should be doing. Check it out. From the site:

"I’m in front of my computer constantly and a program I’ve been wanting for a long time is one that would allow me to block certain programs from myself for a set amount of time. A way for the smart part of me to head off the dumb, impulsive lizard part, and a way for me to get more stuff done at the computer."

It works, too. In fact, it's pretty effective, and you gotta admit, it's kinda funny (and nice) to have a software app that helps you deal with your powerlessness over certain computer programs.

Here I choose to block one or more programs from access. I choose the apps and set the block time limit:

    

So what happens when I try to run a blocked program? It's pretty much an in-your-face approach to addiction therapy.

     Temptation_blocker1

Heh, that works.

Oh, and if you decide for some reason that you really, really have to run the program you blocked, you can do that if you're really, really motivated:

     Temptation_blocker2

Or you could just wait. Heh.

Temptation Blocker is cool. It's free. It works as advertised. It's unsupported. It's humorous in its own way. It runs only on 32-bit Windows.

Did I mention it's free? UPDATE: And it's open source, too!

Check it out here. Thanks to Scott for the pointer.


Add/Read: Comments [3]
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08/04/2005 18:59:32 (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)
dude, you find the best stuff!!!!! i NEED this for work.
08/04/2005 21:15:01 (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)
Heheheh... Glad you liked it.

- gh
08/12/2005 11:43:27 (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)
This is a great idea and I hope someone improves on it. As it stands if I block firefox I can still use it to mindlessly surf the web at times like these when I shoudl be gettting stuff done by clicking on a link in outlook :(
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