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Paul Ford: Distraction commentary on NPR's "All Things Considered"

NPR : Distracted No More: Going Back to Basics

Paul Ford's guest post from last month evolved into an excellent commentary on tonight's All Things Considered. Go Paul.

Distracted No More: Going Back to Basics

by Paul Ford

Commentator Paul Ford has a solution for avoiding the endless distractions a computer provides.

You can listen to it on the NPR site.

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Ford suggests using DOS to...

Ford suggests using DOS to get back to basics and unplug, but you can do it with less pain by just buying an old Mac dedicated for writing work. I use an old powerbook that doesn't have games and is too slow to connect to the internet. Using DOS hurts my head.

I have great willpower, but less so when I write. You'd be surprised how productive you can be by not being in the same room as a computer internet-ready (or if you only have one room, turn the thing off). It helps.




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