You might need to do this if you are hurting your own productivity by visiting a website.
The simplest way to block access to a website from your computer is to edit your hosts file. The hosts file is a hold-over from the early days of the internet–before we had the DNS system. Anyway, navigate to
c:\windows\system32\etc on Windows, or /etc/ on Mac OS X, and edit the text file there called “hosts”.
Add a line at the bottom which is “127.0.0.1 www.sitetoblock.com”.
Save the file. When your browser tries to go to www.sitetoblock.com, it attempts to connect to your local machine (at IP address 127.0.0.1) to serve up the site. Because you don’t have the site on your local machine (aka your computer), nothing shows up. It’s as easy as that.
So I’m working at a startup in Cambridge, MA. Turns out that, when I showed up, my MacBook knocked the Linksys Wireless Router into a tizzy. It’s been causing problems on and off for a few days. After surfing the web, talking to linksys support over chat, and reading linksys forums, I chose to roll-back the router firmware to version 1.00.9. Sounds crazy, I know, but it works. Linksys support, however, insisted the latest firmware would solve the problem. We found that the latest firmware (already on the router) caused the problem.
The problem: My MacBook would knock everyone else on the same network off the internet. This irritated my peers a lot. And I couldn’t get the connection myself. This problem is reproduced on a MacBook Pro (or apparently any Mac Hardware) and the LINKSYS WRT54G ROUTER V6. A quick internet search reveals many people with the same issues.
The solution: Download the 1.00.9 firmware from the linksys FTP server at ftp.linksys.com. Install firmware by following instructions in the downloaded file.
Hope that helps someone searching for these terms…
So I just enjoyed some authentic Chinese cuisine from a Chinese Restaurant in Seattle’s International District. I’m going to miss Seattle. My fortune at the end of the meal read, “You will never know hunger.” Quite an appropriate quote for my current stage in life. I’m going to take that to heart.
I spent the better part of the last four years as the program manager for RibbonX — the developer model for the Office 2007 user interface. Here’s a great Newsweek article that covers the new UI, which will be coming to a desktop near you very soon. Office is ubiquitious, so even if you don’t like what we did, your alternatives are still pretty slim right now. :) Anyway, here’s the article. I was on Julie Larson-Green’s team!
I got my car serviced a couple years ago, and I was charged over $70 for “air filter maintenance.” I’ve got some free time on my hands, and no steady income :), so I’m going to do this one myself. I bought the K&N cleaning kit and I’ll let you know how it turns out.
Check out this nice NPR segment that captures how people jump on the VT shooter’s identity and try to label a larger group as responsible for the problem. The correct larger group, as Robert Seigel points out, is really America.