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Old 06-19-10, 02:11 AM   #1
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Software to Lock a computer

I am trying to study at home and I find that I often start playing with the computer when I am supposed to be studying (books).

I was wondering if anyone knew of a piece of software that would actively lock you out of your computer for a specified period of time. (I know I should have more will power, but i figure this would help)
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Old 06-19-10, 02:19 AM   #2
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If simply disabling your internet access would work well enough, just get a router that has Access Restrictions and you can set the hours that your computer can access the internet.

From the DD-WRT wiki:

Access Restrictions allows you to create a set of rules that govern internet access to machines on your network. You can create rules that govern access by individual IP or MAC address, IP address range, time-of-day, traffic type, URL and keywords, etc.
You can create up to 10 sets of rules, with each set of rules being referred to as a policy. A policy can contain multiple individual rules, such as filtering a specific machine access to a particular web site, and/or filtering access to certain unwanted P2P protocols.
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Old 06-19-10, 06:44 AM   #3
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Be aware that you would inevitably have control over any method you used to lock yourself out, so willpower would still be an issue
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Old 06-19-10, 06:58 AM   #4
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Not unless he tells someone the hours he wants access and has them set the controls. Happens all the time with kids, or adults with computer addictions, like us.
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Old 06-19-10, 08:13 AM   #5
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How about just go to the library? The computers there suck
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Change rooms in your place. When it comes time to study, go to a room without your computers, or go to the library or a coffee shop (sans the laptop). This is what I did, and it helped things when I needed to study, and the computer was a big temptation.
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Have yourself banned from BF.
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Take an hacksaw and place it on the counter in your house then chop your fingers with it, No more computer problems. Ever.
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I started leaving my laptop at home when I was at school. I just study in the library or a study room with no computer. If I need Internet access for research or something, I just walk over to a computer lab. It really helps to live five minutes from school so staying late at school is no biggie.

Too bad the school's library always closed at 11:45pm...
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I started leaving my laptop at home when I was at school. I just study in the library or a study room with no computer. If I need Internet access for research or something, I just walk over to a computer lab. It really helps to live five minutes from school so staying late at school is no biggie.

Too bad the school's library always closed at 11:45pm...
11:45pm? Jeez, that's pretty early.

I don't see how locking your computer will do anything for you for the reason banerjek pointed out. If you don't have the discipline to not play games or whatever now, why would you suddenly have enough to not disable the security you install? It sounds like you're putting off work now, posting this thread.
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How about just go to the library? The computers there suck
+1. Not the library for me, but my department had quiet study rooms, and I found that was the best location for me to focus because there was nothing better to do.

Once you figure out how to lock your computer, you'll need to figure out a way to lock your TV, your phone, your fridge, etc. You can lock them all at once by leaving.
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You may want to try Smitfraud.c

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