As Paul Graham writes, everything is becoming more addictive.
This includes the websites which waste most of my time on the planet; reddit, HN, slashdot and others. But, you can use your long range planning to cut short your lizard brain from going click-click-click all day. How? By redirecting reddit to something more useful.
What we can do is this: Whenever you type ‘reddit.com’ in to your browser, we can redirect to something which blocks reddit and reminds you to try and be more productive.
On a mac, type this;
sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/org.apache.httpd.plist
That will start the apache web server. Next;
sudo nano /Library/WebServer/Documents/index.html.en
Edit your index file to look like this;
window.location = “http://cdn.memegenerator.net/instances/400x/20498365.jpg”
Now any hit to your apache will redirect to this image:
Try this by going to http://localhost/ in a browser. Now we need to redirect sites which suck up all your time;
sudo nano /private/etc/hosts
Keep the stuff in there, and add this to the end;
127.0.0.1 reddit.com www.reddit.com
127.0.0.1 slashdot.org www.slashdot.org
This causes your hostname resolver to think that reddit is running on your machine. Which then redirects in to cat territory.
That’s it. Now when you try to browse some time-sucking website you’ll be reminded that it’s better to go do some work.