5.15.2009

Freedom program imposes your own will on your online activities

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-talk-freedommay15,0,1614651.story
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Are your weekdays a jittery mess? Distracted by e-mail? Tempted by Facebook? Too bleary-eyed from rotating though your Internet rounds for human interaction?
You need Fred Stutzman. He is 30, a doctoral candidate at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and he recently invented a computer program called Freedom.
Truth is, you don't need Fred Stutzman's Freedom. You already own a version -- it's called free will. But Fred Stutzman's Freedom is more trustworthy than your free will [Really?].
Or as Stutzman's Web site puts it, "Freedom will free you from the distractions of the Internet, allowing you time to code, write, or create." Freedom, he says, "enforces freedom."
You download it, set the parameters, then Freedom disables your online functions for anywhere from 60 seconds to eight hours. No Twitter, no one-click bargains at Amazon, no Scramble. To circumnavigate it, you have to reboot. At the moment it's only available for Apple. But yes, it has come to this: a program to spare you the headache of other programs.
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