October 08, 2009

LeechBlock Comes to the Rescue of Internet Addicts

I spend so much time on the web each day and loudly complain that I waste too much time. Finally a person recommended LeechBlock. After downloading as well as test driving it, I thought: what a neat idea! I should share with others.

LeechBlock is a Firefox add-on "designed to block those time-wasting sites that can suck the life out of your working day". It does so by halting the webpage transfers and displaying a figure like the one on the left.

Interested? Please read on.

This small program is easy to add. Go to https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4476 or google "LeechBlock" for installation file. Once the installation finishes, LeechBlock becomes an accessible option under "Tools". There are three features provided: Lockdown, Options, and Statistics.

First-time users should start with Options, where they can specify which sites they want to block and when to block them (or after certain number of hours of usage). The user can create up to six sets of to-be-blocked sites; each set can contain unlimited number of URLs. What's even better is that the guy who created this piece of software also thoughtfully provided the option of "Prevent access to options" or to "about:config" when the blocking is on.

I believe Options basically contains the bulk of the functionalities. One of the other features, Lockdown, allows the user to block sites specified in Options on a per-use basis. And those curious about their web usage habits can select the Statistics to view how much time is spent on each set of websites.

Finally, before concluding this entry, I have to admit a certain irony in this situation. First, I am blogging and promoting LeechBlock on Blogspot, when blogs are one of the major drains on my time (whether because of reading or writing). Second, while testing Lockdown, I accidentally enabled that option, which initiated the blocking of Blogspot/blogger....then I promptly switched to Internet Explorer, which has no similar add-ons/restrictions, to publish this entry.

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