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SelfControl (2009) - Steve Lambert

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Is email a distraction? SelfControl is an OS X application which blocks access to incoming and/or outgoing mail servers and websites for a predetermined period of time. For example, you could block access to your email, facebook, and twitter for 90 minutes, but still have access to the rest of the web. Once started, it can not be undone by the application or by restarting the computer - you must wait for the timer to run out.

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t.whid 6 years, 10 months agoReply

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"Once started, it can not be undone by the application or by restarting the computer - you must wait for the timer to run out."

damn that's hardcore :-)

Josephine Dorado 6 years, 10 months agoReply

wow, that _is_ totally hardcore. fabulous. :)

Brian Droitcour 6 years, 10 months agoReply

I need this.

pash* 6 years, 10 months agoReply

yeas! that's it - i must have it!

Pascual Sisto 6 years, 10 months agoReply

i am on it too

farrellsjf 6 years, 10 months agoReply

I need to get that. I can never focus trying to get work done!

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Tom 6 years, 10 months agoReply

Haha…Who doesn't need this? :)

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Sam 6 years, 10 months agoReply

That is awesome I knwo for a fact that would help me out a ton. I can only imagine my rage everytime I tried to disable it only to have it not be disabled… I think I need to give it a shot.

Cheers if you don't seem me for 2 weeks expect that I mistakenly blocked my internet for that long.
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Gary 6 years, 10 months agoReply

This is great. Being someone who works online, I can tell you first hand that e-mail, Facebook, Twitter etc. can all be extremely distracting and can easily kill my productivity. This application is just the thing.

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Misfit 6 years, 10 months agoReply

This is great. Being someone who works online, I can tell you first hand that e-mail, Facebook, Twitter etc. can all be extremely distracting and can easily kill my productivity. This application is just the thing.

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Stephen Boyd 6 years, 10 months agoReply

Ok, at first I thought this was ridiculous but after trying it out for a few days I'm actually getting work done. Kudos to the author for posting this.

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Msaver 6 years, 10 months agoReply

This sounds like a great app to me. I just need to find a windows version since we are a windows shop at work.

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Donald Ogilve 6 years, 10 months agoReply

What if there's an emergency

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JasonColon 6 years, 10 months agoReply

Interesting, I just heard something about an Oprah Winfrey 30 day email detox…LOL
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Andrea Goldman 6 years, 7 months agoReply

How do I set the timer? I turned it on, all I see is
00:00:00??

And now I can't access my email for 5 hours!!

thanks
andrea

Andrea Goldman 6 years, 7 months agoReply

Problem: I now haven't been able to access the blocked sites for almost 24 hours– there seems to be a bug, since I wasn't able to set the timer, I only saw
00:00:00 forever…

Any body can help?

thanks
andrea