Daily Archives: June 14, 2010

Readability, Dial-up, and Block

Safari has a reader built-in: http://nikf.org/post/677264380/im-totally-digging-the-new-safari-5-reader

It’s based off the Readability bookmarklet: http://lab.arc90.com/experiments/readability/

I saw Readability before thinking of that alternate browser yesterday. I’d love to have that feature, or keep that mode as default.

You won’t be able to play games on this browser. Forget that. It should be designed to facilitate reading, not leisurely browsing. It’s to get your life back from the internet.

So another feature would be “Dial-up Mode” where it takes minimum 30 seconds to “connect to the internet.” Basically, it just blocks every feature for 30 seconds, simulating dial-up connection. This feature would probably be always on, but be configured to be greater than 30 seconds. Barriers are good.

There should also be a block the internet mode. This browser wouldn’t just block certain sites for you, but it would block everything and force you to take a break. There should probably be a default 50-10 breakdown. 50 minutes online means you have to take a 10 minute break.

[Note: 06/15/10 – I wrote this yesterday in another blog, so I’m transferring that here (with slight edits) and backdating it because I feel like it.]