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The procrastinator’s nature

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I just started using LeechBlock yesterday, and already I know why “How can I block Google’s cached versions of sites as well?” is in the FAQ.


LeechBlock is wonderful. (Install)

There are no results on Google for “LeechBlock saved my life”, but there are testimonials like “Leech block has changed my life”, “Leechblock just saved my life”, and “This application is saving my thesis, and improving my social life”.

If LeechBlock isn’t working for you, you can try more extreme solutions like (on Mac) Freedom and SelfControl. (Found via this post.) But for me, right now, with my current level of work and self-awareness and other devices being employed, LeechBlock seems to be just about sufficient. (Although I do wish Safari were an even worse browser than it is.)

Semi-unrelatedly, also worth reading is Aaron Swartz’s experiment involving one month offline: Before/After.

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Fri, 2009-08-07 at 23:51:05 +05:30

One of the amazing miracles of the internet

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From Stevey’s blog rants:

Heck, some don’t even read at all. It’s one of the amazing miracles of the internet: write-only people. They can’t read but they somehow find a way to write. You see them commenting all the time in my blogs: “I didn’t actually read your entry, but allow me to comment on it all the same…” Lovely.

Very true. Also, makes me wonder: Am I one of the read-only people?

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Mon, 2008-01-07 at 16:22:10 +05:30

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Yahoo Answers

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There’s an article on Slate about Yahoo Answers. It hits Slashdot, and soon people dig up SomethingAwful’s three-part series, sample questions, and remarks about the model and the name (as well as random stuff).

Slashdot rots your brain.
Yahoo Answers will kill you.

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Tue, 2007-12-11 at 23:01:07 +05:30

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The Cure for Information Overload

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This post sums up my situation perfectly.

It’s probably even more appropriate now than it was a year-and-a-half ago.

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Sat, 2007-11-24 at 17:37:31 +05:30

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Net neutrality

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An issue important enough for Google to have a page about it.

Read that page.
Watch this 10-minute video:
Read the rest of this entry »

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Sat, 2007-11-17 at 05:14:40 +05:30

Probably the most interesting blog I’ve seen

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I’m afraid to look at it, because I expect I’ll get tempted into spending hours and hours reading all the old posts: Strange Maps

Written by S

Mon, 2007-10-15 at 19:31:17 +05:30

Restarting Airport from the command line

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Something is wrong with the network in my dorm; DHCP negotiation sometimes fails (or takes a long time). So the usual thing to do is to turn Airport off and on, and hope it works this time.

To do this from the commandline, here’s a simple trick I found:
Go to System PreferencesNetwork, then in Location choose a New Location and create one called “Airport-Off” (or anything you like). In the Show menu choose Network Port Configurations and turn off Airport.

After this, you can do scselect Airport-Off to turn it off, and scselect 0 (for Automatic — or choose whatever other location you want) to turn it on.

Edit [2011-10-03]: You can also do this:

sudo networksetup -setairportpower "Airport" off
sudo networksetup -setairportpower "Airport" on

Written by S

Mon, 2007-10-08 at 01:51:44 +05:30

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