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    Okay, so I've been naughty lately; I've spent too much time perusing the likes of devshed and my rss feeds. I'm looking for some software that will let me specify some url roots and then block them on a schedule so I can mark off certain times as 'work only', keep myself honest, and get back into some better work habits.

    It doesn't have to be bulletproof, as I'll be my on own administrator. I trust myself enough not to kill the process , but it should be more difficult to disable than just right clicking on a system tray icon and selecting the correct menu choice, so the work required to get bypass the block is greater than the work required to, well... work.
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    so I've been naughty lately; I've spent too much time perusing the likes of devshed
    Reminds me of the feller who requested a temp ban a while ago so he could concentrate on his school work. :-)

    My router actually has this functionality built-in. Maybe yours does too ... ?
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    Probably, but I don't think the office would be happy if I were to muck about in their routers Remember: I want to keep my job
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    Maybe I'll write my own. My expertise runs to .Net, which isn't so great for the low level stuff like firewalls, but it would be simple enough to write a program that alters the hosts file now and then.

    I'm not in trouble... yet. But I am in a situation where I was given a largish 12 week project. A certain amount of time is expected to be lost at the beginning for design work, so it hasn't been a big deal. But I've been lazy, and now find myself 8 weeks in with only 2 weeks worth of work done. Time to take some steps and make sure I can focus or I will be in trouble.
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    This ain't sexy, but take it home with you?! [Just until you get caught up again].
    Nab the source and a mockup of the DB and get cracking.
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    Not an option: it's a medical billing company and taking it home would involve brining patient data home, a major no-no here. I can and will be staying late some, but I can only do so much of that.
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    You can't be using all of the tables all of the time, can you?
    Just a mockup of the DB, not the whole thing - and certainly not the contents of it, just the structure.
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    Can't you find yourself an open source rss feeder and modify it slightly? I'm sure it wouldn't require much; a list of roots you want to block and something that compares a news feed it's about to show with the roots to see if it should show it or not.
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    You could edit your HOSTS file and block certain domains, since you probably don't need to block just specific URLs but entire websites.

    Just write a program that can populate your HOST file with entries for what you want to block and cleanse it back to normal when you want.
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    I'm going to go out on a limb here, and get everyone pissed off.

    You have improved (Flar I'm talking about) dramatically in the last few years.

    Have you become a big boy or not? Do you recognize your responsibilites, or not?

    Do you want a robot controlling your deficiencies, or would you rather do that yourself?

    I'm not even going to suggest the answer that I consider appropriate. Except that I just did.

    Grow up, finally. Bite the bullet. Or bite the dust.

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    Originally Posted by Matt. and . some . numbers
    Yes, but come on man, this is always easier said than done ;0)
    Sure, Matt, it's tough. That's what separates the performers from the pussies. Don't whine, jump off the fence on one side or the other.
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    Originally Posted by sizablegrin
    Sure, Matt, it's tough. That's what separates the performers from the pussies. Don't whine, jump off the fence on one side or the other.
    It really depends on the day. I would like to go around holding everyone accountable, but there is that nagging realization that some things are harder for some than for others and that .. relativism does in fact have points to be made.

    but yes, today is a 'get your **** together day'. ;0)

    Besides, if the OP had really spent the time to 'know thyself' (which perhaps he has) then he could have saved himself the trouble and used his own ingenuity to craft/find his own solution. Like the post about 'Inefficient Efficiency' its sometimes False Laziness and True Laziness that defines who we are.
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