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"No Links Please" drains HREFs, discourages web fiddling

James Clarke – No Links Please!

Here's a fun one. Our old pal (and the coiner of "life hacks"), Danny O'Brien, passes along an extreme attention aid that might be regarded as the heir apparent to his wonderful "Webolodeon" script for GreaseMonkey.

No Links Please will do its part to keep you from mindlessly surfing the web:

No Links Please! breaks the web by removing hyperlinks from all pages apart from Google. Without the knowledge or temptation of links you are free to devote all your time to real work and never roam the web again.

Oh, man, what a crazy way to be forced to see the web. But, if you're "that guy" today and can't stop dicking around on the web, this is much less dramatic than having to shut off the router. Try it, for fun; it's amazing how ingrained our clicky-linky behavior is.

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If you need something to stop you from browsing the web then I would suggest a software firewall. Using a firewall such as little snitch (OS X) or kerio personal firewall (Windows) to just disable your network connections is far more practical. All network connectivity is then gone and you are forced to work.

Unplugging the router is an option, but a decent firewall will make it much easier. That might be a bad thing as you can turn it back on easily.




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