all writers who can’t break free of the Internet long enough to get work done (and
you know who you are). There’s help for your habit, and it only costs 10 bucks, darn it.
Nora Ephron mentioned it in a recent issue of The New York Times Sunday magazine. “I have on my computer
something called Freedom,” she said. “You put in however many minutes of
freedom you would want, and for that period of time your computer does not
allow you to go on the Internet.”
The app’s website,
macfreedom.com, explains further: “Freedom is a simple productivity application
that locks you away from the internet on Mac or Windows computers for up to
eight hours at a time. Freedom frees you from distractions, allowing you time
to write, analyze, code, or create. At the end of your offline period, Freedom
allows you back on the internet. You can download Freedom immediately for 10
dollars through either PayPal or Google Checkout.”
Next up, presumably, are apps
to prevent you from brewing a fresh pot of coffee, taking the dog out, and
sharpening the pencils.
-- Ron Kovach, senior editor,
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