Maybe its something to do with getting old, but I keep getting distracted by things on the internet and finding hours have gone by and no work gets done. But I do positively need access to certain sites for my work, and sometimes I have free time and am happy to allow myself to look at stuff for hours. I have considered editing/re-editing the “hosts” file to temporarily block certain time-killing sites (news/etc) but it seems very clumsy – and you can only block entire domains and not specific things within those domains. So for example I’d like to block “www.google.com/reader” but not block “www.google.com”.
Any suggestions? Is there some software that would help me out?
LeechBlock, for Firefox, allows you to set up time-limited, or simply block, blocking filters.
Sometimes I have the same problem, too many distractions. I am not sure a software will help us.
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You should be able to block subdirectories on domains with the HOSTS file, I use it to block ads..
Just disclude the http://www. in your entry.
I use Windows XP SP2.
For more info: http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hostsfaq.htm