An instant cure for your Internet addiction

Freedom is a free Web app that disables your computer’s Internet connection for up to eight hours. In other words, it’s the Internet addict’s version of putting a lock on the liquor cabinet.

If the withdrawal symptoms get too intense, you can take extreme measures: A system reboot restores your online capability. But stay strong, and the lack of distraction might allow you to start that novel, or finish those home repairs. Sadly, the application works only with Macs: PC users will have to rely on more old-fashioned strategies to break their Net habits. Camping, perhaps?

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