View Full Version : Internet/Computer Time-Limiting Software?


munky_do
01-03-08, 01:51 PM
I used to have a program downloaded from the Internet (free) that would effectively cut you off from selected programs for a certain amount of time unless you typed out a long string of numbers and letters.

I can't seem to find this program .... anyone know which one I'm talking about?

absane
01-03-08, 02:14 PM
I'm not sure, but my router can be configured to cut people off the Internet by IP address or MAC address during certain hours and days.

zmarie
01-04-08, 12:10 AM
Oh god. I need it. I'll look for it. If I find it I'll let you know.

zmarie
01-04-08, 12:38 AM
The ones I find are for parental control.

My boyfriend just pointed out that as soon as I installed it I'd learn to reset it or uninstall it or create a new account for myself (all solutions I immediately thought of when I looked at the software).
So I'm considering making him install it/giving him the passwords and whatnot. Since we don't live together I'd have to go all the way downtown to fight with him in order to force him to change it. This might work. I can't find one that is not supposed to be parent controlled though.

So far, some sites my MacAffee site advisor approves of:

http://www.enuffpc.com
It's $45 after a 30-day free trial.

http://www.softwaretime.com

It's $30 after a 14 day trial.

That's the price range mostly. A few are $20. My computer was suspicious of all the free downloads.

Guest1
01-05-08, 02:41 AM
man i need this is there a free program does it work good?

zmarie
01-07-08, 01:29 PM
Here's what I did;

got enuff.com free trial,
set my computer time for three hours in the morning and two at night,
changed my administrator password to something I'll never remember, but read it to my boyfriend on the phone and he took it down.

Has a little bit of disaster spelled over it, but so far it's working like a charm. When the trial expires I plan to get a different one on trial.

lostwitness
01-07-08, 01:40 PM
I used to have a program downloaded from the Internet (free) that would effectively cut you off from selected programs for a certain amount of time unless you typed out a long string of numbers and letters.

I can't seem to find this program .... anyone know which one I'm talking about?

That sounds AMAZING. Please somebody help find this?

lostwitness
01-07-08, 01:58 PM
Hey guys I found an amazingly useful software addon for firefox:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4476


LeechBlock is a simple productivity tool designed to block those time-wasting sites that can suck the life out of your working day. All you need to do is specify which sites to block and when to block them.



LeechBlock is a simple productivity tool designed to block those time-wasting sites that can suck the life out of your working day. (You know: the ones that rhyme with 'Blue Cube', 'Pie Face', 'Space Hook', 'Hash Pot', 'Sticky Media', and the like.) All you need to do is specify which sites to block and when to block them.

You can specify up to six sets of sites to block, with different times and days for each set. You can block sites within fixed time periods (e.g., between 9am and 5pm), after a time limit (e.g., 10 minutes in every hour), or with a combination of time periods and time limit (e.g., 10 minutes in every hour between 9am and 5pm). You can also set a password for access to the extension options, just to slow you down in moments of weakness!

The sites to block can be specified using wildcards (e.g., *.somesite.com) and exceptions (e.g., +allowme.somesite.com).

LeechBlock also keeps track of the total amount of time you have spent browsing the sites in each block set.

DeloresMelon
01-07-08, 04:25 PM
link reference correction:
enuffpc.com

I did enuff.com.. not sure wth that was. lol

Here's what I did;

got enuff.com free trial,
set my computer time for three hours in the morning and two at night,
changed my administrator password to something I'll never remember, but read it to my boyfriend on the phone and he took it down.

Has a little bit of disaster spelled over it, but so far it's working like a charm. When the trial expires I plan to get a different one on trial.

FrazzleDazzle
01-07-08, 05:05 PM
Can any of these be disabled through the task manager or through using a proxy server, anyone know?

absane
01-07-08, 05:49 PM
Can any of these be disabled through the task manager or through using a proxy server, anyone know?

If you are behind a router, it can easily be done provided that the router has the software on it. I had to install different software on my router called DDWRT. Besides making my router even cooler, it also allows me to have the Internet connection cut off at certain days and times and for specific computers on the network.

lostwitness
01-07-08, 08:11 PM
http://www.opendns.com is also amazing for site blocking. Very effective.

Guest1
01-07-08, 08:13 PM
thanksHey guys I found an amazingly useful software addon for firefox:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4476

VisualImagery
01-07-08, 10:05 PM
I have a Kensington wireless USB mouse that can be set to tell me to take a break----low tech and something I already have.

VictoriaK
02-05-09, 04:53 AM
Can any of these be disabled through the task manager or through using a proxy server, anyone know?

Sorry for my English. I'm from Belarus. I just want to say...
I use one time-limiting software to limit my kid's time spent on surfing the web. It does the trick perfectly. The program protects task maneger and my PC in Windows Safe Mode, protects from changing PC system time and unauthorized stopping. In other words my kid could not come around this tool. I've tried many free tools, but my smart son broke them within 5 minutes. He is still trying to break Ez Internet Timer (http://www.internettimer.net), but happily without any success.:)

dormammau2008
02-05-09, 02:39 PM
lol give him time thanks for the heads up dorm

gnbeg
02-07-09, 11:28 PM
Neither one of these will run on my Macbook Mac OS X v10.5.6.
DARN... guess I'll have to keep "self monitoring" my internet time. :)

Geekacademic
02-08-09, 01:37 PM
I use a software called Temptation Blocker: http://sourceforge.net/projects/temptblocker/

It's freeware, and rather than it cutting off your time, you tell it ahead of time what softwares you don't want to use, and for how long, and it locks them up for you so you just can't use them for that amount of time. If you want to unlock it, then you have to type a 25 string that it gives you. It's such a pain in the neck, that I don't think I've ever done it in the 3 years I've been using it.

So, when I am doing my work, I tell it to block all my browsers and emails for 4 horus, and then I do my thing. When it's done, it pops up with a message that says "Time's up!".

michaelmas
12-03-11, 05:17 PM
Just wanted to share a new program I've found that works well for me.
It's called Freedom, and it completely shuts down your computer's internet capabilities for the amount of time you specify:

http://macfreedom.com/

Despite the name, it's available for both macs and pc's.

I tried many other options - turning off my router, using leechblock or tab limiting extensions -and they never seemed to work. It was too easy to turn the router back on or simply find other non-blocked websites to read. Twitter and wikipedia, for example, may have been the most time-consuming websites, but if they weren't available my dopamine-craving brain could easily come up with alternatives. Shutting down the internet entirely has been the only thing that works.

The only way to disable the Freedom program is to completely restart your computer, which itself would usually be enough to break my from my hyperfocused-trance. I HIGHLY recommend the software. The free trial comes with 5 uses, so download it and see if you like it. I ended up registering the software and it was perhaps the best $10 I've ever spent.