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yourexhalekiss writes "I'm a student, and while I use my laptop to take notes, do homework and brief cases, I find that I'm much more productive when I don't read Slashdot or otherwise screw around on the internet while I'm trying to study.
Unfortunately, I find myself much more efficient with my notetaking and everything when I do use my laptop: I use basKet Notepads to manage everything, and it works great. I can type much faster than I can write in longhand, and being able to cut/copy/paste large sections of text is invaluable for me. Furthermore, my professors often assign 8-10 page cases in PDF format: it's great to be able to search for particular words or phrases in them, which means that printing them out and taking them with me isn't very practical. I think that continuing to use a computer for note-taking is too important for me not to do.
My question is: Do you guys know of an easily-configurable "Internet blocker" that I could install on my linux notebook? If I could block myself from the internet for a couple hours at a time, I think I could get a lot more done.
(I mostly study at school using the free wi-fi, so I'm not really looking for a server-based option like blocking my MAC address or internal LAN IP address from accessing port 80 on the router level, for example.)
Does Slashdot have any suggestions that don't include prescriptions for anti-ADD medication?
P.S. Obviously, self-motivation is my problem here more than anything else, but I think that a software solution could help in the short term." top
yourexhalekiss writes "I'm going back to school this fall, and I run GNU/Linux on my laptop. With school being what it is, I want to keep my Kubuntu-powered System76 Darter Ultra as safe as it can be. Checking through SourceForge and Freshmeat, I can't find a single laptop theft-prevention or tracking program that works with GNU/Linux and has published code.
What do other people use to protect their non-Windows or Mac laptops, and how effective is it?" top
yourexhalekiss writes "I recently signed up for a website hosting plan from a relatively well-known host. After about a month or so of use, I've discovered that I'm using approximately 0.5 gigabyte of bandwidth per month, or 0.5% of my total monthly allowance. Are there open source projects out there that could benefit from my donated bandwidth? I know everyone needs mirrors for one thing or another, but how do I know who needs content mirrored, and what's the best way to get in touch with them? Is there some sort of online clearinghouse for donated bandwidth, or open source projects that rely on donated bandwidth to operate?"