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I have a PowerPC G5 with OS 10.5.8. I'd like to be able to automatically disable my internet connection after a set amount of time of usage (1.5 hours, 2 hours, whatever), but keep all programs usable, so the parental controls that limit computer usage are no good.

I downloaded Freedom, but since it requires me to manually tell it when to disable the internet and for how long, it doesn't really work for my purposes.

However, if I could have it automatically run 1-2 hours after opening Safari/Firefox, that would work too.

Alternatively, is there any other software out there that could do this kind of thing? I am looking into Intego ContentBarrier and Time Sheriff. Has anyone used these?

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Actually , Id like something that leaves my net connection on but disables the browser to all public sites. –  djangofan Jun 25 '10 at 18:13
    
Yeah, something that blocks port 80 would be cool. –  LRZ Jun 25 '10 at 18:17

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Take a look at LeechBlock firefox extension.

You can block sites within fixed time periods (e.g., between 9am and 5pm), after a time limit (e.g., 10 minutes in every hour), or with a combination of time periods and time limit (e.g., 10 minutes in every hour between 9am and 5pm). You can also set a password for access to the extension options, just to slow you down in moments of weakness!

The sites to block can be specified using wildcards (e.g., *.somesite.com) and exceptions (e.g., +allowme.somesite.com).

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But then they'll just open up IE. Nice find though –  TheLQ Jun 26 '10 at 19:21

Meetimer might fit your needs. Lifehacker suggested it a few years ago.

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That's a neat application, but it only tells you how much time you've spent procrastinating... it doesn't actually disconnect you or put a hard limit on your online time. Thank you, though! –  LRZ Jun 25 '10 at 20:48
    
"The time you enjoy wasting is NOT WASTED TIME." << THIS. It's ok to be a workaholic.. but we'll die someday..and why don't waste time happily? :) –  Shiki Jun 26 '10 at 12:06

Switch of your modem, and turn it back on when you have fully completed all your work. ;)

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The whole point here is to have an automatic solution. –  Gnoupi Jun 30 '10 at 7:29

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