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Unfocus

A tool to help cut down on time spent on Twitter, reading the news, etc.

Blog post

To use

  1. Run sudo unfocus.sh to use default list and timeout
  2. Create a new sites.txt with the sites you would like to spend less time on

Pass -h flag to see other usages.

How it works

A popular trick to prevent visiting a website is to convince your computer that its domain resolves to localhost. This can be done by manually editing the /etc/hosts file:

127.0.0.1    site-you-do-not-want-to-visit.com

The problem is that, if you ever want a little taste of what you're missing, you have to manually edit again to unblock and remember to edit again when you're ready to re-block...

Anyway, this tool tries to do that for you.

Is that okay?

Your computer's hosts file is sensitive and write-protected. That's why you need to sudo to run this script. That's also why a backup is made and saved to a local backups folder on each run -- you can manually revert if something should go wrong.

TODO

  • Warn if it's already running somewhere else
  • Fail loudly if hosts file can't be edited
  • Cull backups after N files

License

MIT License

Copyright (c) 2020

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

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