Find Freedom From Distractions
When I first read about Freedom, “an application that disables networking on an Apple computer for up to eight hours at a time,” on Salon.com, I had to ask myself if I was looking at yet another early April Fool’s Day prank.
But the more I thought about it, the more Freedom made sense to me. The concept is simple: There are so many online distractions from doing real work these days — email, instant messaging, social networking, information and news, casual gaming, and on and on — that it’s a pretty snappy idea to have an app that locks out the alluring siren song for a set period of time so that you can get some work done. As the web site for Freedom explains, “Freedom will free you from the distractions of the Internet, allowing you time to code, write, or create. At the end of your selected offline period, Freedom re-enables your network, restoring everything as normal.”
Ah, Freedom. At present Freedom is only available for Mac (through OS X version 10.5.6) but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it released for PC soon. As Rebecca Traister on Salon.com notes, “I have downloaded the program so that I may be liberated from all the other programs I have downloaded.”
(read the rest of this piece at Web Worker Daily)