Thursday, August 09, 2007

How to waste less time on the Net, poor man's web filter.

Here is a quick-n-dirty way to make your own web filter.

There is (or should be) a file in your C:\WINDOWS directory called "HOSTS" with no extension. This is a plain text file and you can use a text editor like Notepad or Wordpad to edit it.

Add the following lines at the end of the "HOSTS" file. Prior to editing it would be a good idea to back up this file by copying (or "save-as"-ing) to another file, say "HOSTS.1" or "HOSTS.BAK"

-------- cut here --------------------------
-------- cut here ------

You get the idea. :-)

Make sure your browser is closed. Then the next time you start your browser, or re-boot, the changes will take effect. is the "IP address" of What happens is that whenever someone tries to browse to any of those web sites, they will be taken to instead.


At 8/09/2007 10:39:00 PM, Anonymous onelowerlight said...

I take it you have something against certain LDS bloggers, as well as flickr and youtube.

At 8/09/2007 11:51:00 PM, Blogger Bookslinger said...

On the contrary. They are too attractive, and I end up wasting too much time on those blogs, reading posts, commenting, and watching videos.

If I had something against them, I wouldn't be tempted to waste so much time on those web sites.

At 8/10/2007 04:00:00 PM, Anonymous Ardis Parshall said...

... then, by extension, you find UNattractive and are never tempted to waste time there? By further extension, you have something against (big grin)

At 8/10/2007 04:51:00 PM, Blogger Bookslinger said...

It's a matter of priorities. There's some good information, some good insights in the 'nacle, some fun stuff, and some just plain good writing. But it's not as important as getting the weekly reading assignments done for priesthood class and sunday school class, and daily BoM reading, and reading the Ensign each month.


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