I remember the days when my mom used to switch off the video games I used to play and told me to finish my homework when I was a kid. Sometimes we get too much addicted with such time wasters and pay not attention to our actual work be it school or office unless interrupted by someone else. But when using the internet, you are usually alone and there is nobody to make you stop wasting your time. But worry no more, now you can block the online time wasters using the Cold Turkey.
Cold Turkey is a free and open source program that you can use to temporarily block yourself off of popular social media sites, addicting websites, online games and whatever else you want to block for some time. You can use it to help you concentrate while you are working on your computer so that you can finish your work without all those time wasting distractions.
Here are some of the features of Cold Turkey :
- The blocking features are computer-wide affecting all browsers and other applications on the computer.
- The ability to block yourself in intervals of 10 minutes up to a full week.
- When the computer is turned off, it will still keep track of the time that passed by.
- If Cold Turkey detects that its security features are being tampered with, it will block you for a week(ouch!).
- Cold Turkey cannot be stopped easily as it is not stoppable from the system tray or the task manager.
You can download Cold Turkey from its web site at ColdTurkey. The download is less than one megabyte and takes only a fraction of a second to complete. The downloaded file is a Windows setup installer and you have to install it on your Windows system to use it. Using Cold Turkey is very easy. In its main window, you can choose which sites, games or custom domain names you want to block. You can choose from the built in sites like facebook, twitter, wikipedia, youtube etc. You can also specify your own custom web sites.
You have to specify the time interval for which you want to block the selected web sites. You can specify from few minutes to a whole week. Blocking sites for a whole week is very useful if a deadline is approaching at office or your school examinations are closing in on you. An finally, click on the Go Cold Turkey to start the blocking. After this you would be cut off from all those sites for the selected time period.
Cold Turkey is very useful if you want find yourself addicted by some online game, web site or social networking and want to concentrate on studies or work. So if you want to get away from the online distractions for a while, then try Cold Turkey out. You can download Cold Turkey from its web site at http://getcoldturkey.com/download.html.