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.)

Thanks!
posted by bunji to MetaFilter-Related at 7:49 PM (12 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 AM HERE BROWSING METAFILTER AT WORK EVEN THOUGH ITS 9:40PM AND I HAVE TO RELEASE BEFORE I GO HOME AND I HAVE AT LEAST THREE MORE HOURS OF TESTING AND FIXES TO DO AND A PROGRAM LIKE WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR WOULD BE PERFECT FOR ME BUT THE IT DEPARTMENT BLOCK THEM. HELLO METAFILTER! OBJECT VARIABLE OR WITH BLOCK VARIABLE NOT SET.
posted by doublehappy at 12:45 AM on February 17, 2011 [3 favorites]


Most browsers have a built in button that prevents you from accessing websites.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:02 AM on February 17, 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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