Where oh where did my little bookmark go? February 16, 2011 7:49 PM   Subscribe

Did someone here once link to a site that disables your browser temporarily? I had it bookmarked for a while, but lost it.

I know this is a long shot, because it would have been at least a couple of years ago. It was a simple-looking site that allowed a user to specify an amount of time for which it would then disable the entire browser. I think it had a black background, and I'm pretty sure someone recommended it on AskMe. Anyone else remember this?

(I know there are apps such as Freedom or Self-Control, but I have yet to figure out how to make either whitelist only Dropbox. The fine folks in the Dropbox forums haven't had any luck yet, either.)

posted by bunji to MetaFilter-Related at 7:49 PM (10 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

The Leechblock add-on for Firefox will let you block and unblock sites easily. A rule like * +dropbox.com should work, unless there is more to your question than I am realizing.
posted by ChrisHartley at 8:38 PM on February 16, 2011

I use Stayfocusd on Chrome: it has a "nuclear option" to disable your browser for a set amount of time (you can except certain "allowed" sites).
posted by jaynewould at 8:45 PM on February 16, 2011 [1 favorite]

Oh, it has a black background too. I searched for it and it hasn't been mentioned in AskMe, but it does sound like what you're describing.
posted by jaynewould at 8:49 PM on February 16, 2011

Websites shouldn't be able to disable the browser, even if you want them to. You're definitely looking for an extension or some software.
posted by twoleftfeet at 9:23 PM on February 16, 2011

jaynewould, Stayfocusd sounds really really close, but it would have definitely been on Firefox, as I've never really used Chrome.
posted by bunji at 9:35 PM on February 16, 2011

I get three to six emails every day that pretty sure would stop my browser temporarily* if I'd click on the link provided.
*Until I buy an new computer
posted by Namlit at 2:41 PM on February 17, 2011

what "an". I'm losing it even before the browser does.
posted by Namlit at 2:42 PM on February 17, 2011

haha, doublehappy is posting on metafilter.
posted by tehloki at 10:09 PM on February 17, 2011

I use Self Control in combination with Drop Copy, which I prefer to Drop Box (though I realize they do different things, the thing that Drop Copy does is preferable, to me, to the thing Drop Box does; maybe for you, too?)
posted by dobbs at 9:37 AM on February 18, 2011

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