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Old 07-18-2008, 08:51 AM   #21
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Al, hope you finish that car latch thing soon so you can report back to us about how this limitation thing is going. I did it last year for two months, gave myself a reward that got better according to how many weeks I was able to stay off the internet. I used the tick off method, you know, where you draw a short line each day and on day five cross it off, yellow sticker on base of computer instead of me on computer. (My reward was a laptop computer for the home office, which went from Dell to Apple--unclear on the concept?).

Maybe there could be a new separate section, "Temporarily Disconnected" inspired by Bill Murray in "What About Bob?" That movie should be required viewing.

All the best, T-Al, always.
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Old 07-18-2008, 09:14 AM   #22
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I've decided I spend too much time on the computer, and I'm going to start limiting it now.
i really should do the same (hmmm, i even saw your point on kronk's travel thread--this is getting scary).

i spend too much time chatting with people online. as lovely as you all are, i really should be spending this time meeting more people in person.

i spend too much time researching what i might do once these houses finally sell when i really should be living the best life i can while i'm stuck here in paradise.

i spend too much time worrying about whether or not my diminishing nest egg will carry me through into my future when--outside of going back to work--i really have very little control over that. stock markets, investments, charts and graphs: in the end it's really just a crapshoot.

this computer has created for me a virtual world through my fingers and eyes alone, but there is no wind on my skin. no taste on my tongue and the only sounds i hear are my fingers tapping and the mouse clicking.
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Hey, I understand. I spend too much time here too. Just check in once in awhile and let us know how things are in your neck of the woods.
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I'll bet Al is back before Rich_in_Tampa retires (even 20%).

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Al, hope you finish that car latch thing soon so you can report back to us about how this limitation thing is going.
If you get a faster Internet connection, you can save time, surf faster and still have time for projects.

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....this computer has created for me a virtual world through my fingers and eyes alone, but there is no wind on my skin. no taste on my tongue and the only sounds i hear are my fingers tapping and the mouse clicking.
In the summer, I log on from the backyard hammock. I get sun, wind, birds and an occasional nap
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Be careful; it's cold out there...
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No, I'm serious this time.
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If you get a faster Internet connection, you can save time, surf faster and still have time for projects.
That hasnt been my experience.
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I've decided I spend too much time on the golf course. But I'm not going to do a damn thing about it. 8)
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I have been thinking about bacon too much and I am going to do something about it.
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I'm not cutting it out altogether, just cutting down on general looking around, making silly comments, etc.

I've gotten so much done today! Stained the deck, overhauled a bike hub, and now I'm going to go on a bike ride and then practice.

Gotta go!
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I'm not cutting it out altogether, just cutting down on general looking around, making silly comments, etc.

I've gotten so much done today! Stained the deck, overhauled a bike hub, and now I'm going to go on a bike ride and then practice.

Gotta go!
Damn, I'm tired from just reading what you have done today. I think you are better off sitting on the sofa with a glass of wine surfing the net. Won't work up a sweat that way.
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Yeah, see he's hedging already...

I give him a couple of hours, maybe a day before another silly comment pops up...
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Could Al just be lurking? I mean, surfing around but not logged in. Can you check his IP? Somehow, I don't believe him.
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I just decided that I was exhibiting some of those "You may be addicted if..." behaviors. For example, checking online before eating breakfast, or getting drawn to computer when walking by, and spending several hours on it. Planning to stop in a minute, but still on an hour later.

You probably won't even notice a change, I'll still be checking in here, but just a little less time in front of the screen.
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Hi,I'm Jason, and I'm an internetaholic as well. (Hi jason.....)

I first realized I had a problem when I decided to look at my retirement portfolio while sitting on my commode one morning.
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Switch to an RSS reader Al - you can skim through the posts in a heartbeat and get back on the bike or the board.
What's your favorite RSS reader ? I've tried a couple and had a hard time. Thanks.
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What's your favorite RSS reader?
There's something better than Internet Explorer?... I'm trying "to limit my Internet Time."
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I felt the same way at one point. I dealt with it by using the STANDBY button on my computer. I didn't want to shut it down and have to start it up when I needed it again, but I also didn't want it on all day and instantly accessible. If I left it on, it was too easy to just check one more thing, read one more site, watch one more YouTube video and all too often I lost large blocks of time.

Now, when I leave my computer, I put it Standby mode. Nothings running, but it comes back quickly when I need it again. I tend to do all my online stuff in batches, put the computer in Standby and walk away. Often I'm not back on it for hours or even into the evening.

I even found a way to put the Standby button on the desktop. This is working well for me except for when the cat walks across the keyboard or bumps the mouse and wakes the computer when I'm not there. There is probably a way to have a key combination to wake from standby. Another minor issue is that there is a small delay before it reconnects to the internet, but I've gotten used to it.
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I first realized I had a problem when I decided to look at my retirement portfolio while sitting on my commode one morning.
Similar problem. Most mornings I turn on the PC to see how far down the toilet my retirement portfolio has sunk.
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