18th June 2012 | Comments
First there was dial-up Internet. Then came broadband. Then came high-speed broadband supported by fiber optics. And now, 3G, 4G and LTE. All these technologies have helped us stay connected. So much connected, that it sometimes becomes too much. It seems like the technology was not built for us, but we were built for technology. When you go online, there’s so much content, so many “updates”, that it becomes very, very hard to be productive.
However, when you go offline all those distractions disappear. There’s no Twitter. No chat. No web. Only you and your tasks. Since you cannot consume, you have to create so that something happens. This is what InternetOff is all about.
The concept is very simple: After a certain preset amount of time, it shuts down the Internet connection. The time period ranges from 5, 15, 30, 60 minutes or keep Internet always on.
InternetOff is a quick 1.5 MB download which requires installation. Once installed, you can access the software from the Windows system tray. A single click on the app’s icon will show you the current status of the Internet. Clicking on “Turn off the Internet” will shut down your Internet so you can get back to your work.
If you would like to go online again, click on the app’s icon and click on “Turn on the Internet”. You can then select a specific time period, after which your internet will turn off.
The app works fine on Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, Win 7 32/64 bit.
One thing that could make InternetOff really awesome is scheduled turning on/off. For example, I can set a time of 30 minutes. This would mean that for 30 minutes, Internet will be ON, for the next 30 minutes, it’ll be OFF, and so on.