Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Switching Away from the Internet


I've decided to switch away from the internet as much as I can. I know, I know, blogging is still part of using the internet but bear with me. I can easily spend a whole day online and that really bugs me. I find that I get a high level of satisfaction from building things. I feel that I've absorbed so much information that I want to spend a while at least just putting what I know into practice.

So for the time being, I'm going to take some time away from the internet. There have been other people who have done this such as Brittany Ancell who wrote "What Happens When You Unplug from Your Internet Addiction?". (Punctuation in these situations always gets me. Does the period go before or after the closing quotation mark? Can I put a few sentences in brackets like this? I just don't know.)

I've found that I really want to focus on getting through some of the books that I've been meaning to ready, especially the ones about software development and startups. I really also want to work on my other projects and to improve my concentration on my main projects.

This is going to be challenging since there are so many great sites that I like to visit such as the following:
  1. TED: Ideas worth spreading
  2. FORA.tv - Videos on the People, Issues, and Ideas Changing the Planet
  3. The Long Now Foundation
  4. Thoughtware.TV - Videos on Human Progress
  5. Hacker News
For now I'll take a break and think about how I can better make use of the information available to me.


  1. >"I've decided to switch away from the internet as much as I can."

    I'm sorry to inform you that's not possible and resistance is futile. :)

    The moment I try this, I immediately find I need to search online for some API call or something.

  2. Hi Andy!

    Resistance has been challenging but I'm getting better :)