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Daily Deal: BlankPage

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Prone to distractions? Slip into writer's block easily? Remove the distractions and do your writing in a safe, controlled, quiet environment with BlankPage. This app offers everything you need to start writing and keep writing, eliminating your desktop's distractions so you can focus on the task at hand. It helps you write your stories in pieces and organize them as you like, and it can help you set and keep your writing goals. The lifetime subscription is on sale for $25 and you can take an extra 20% off with the SOFTWARE20 code at checkout.

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    Rekrul, 19 Oct 2017 @ 12:18pm

    Seriously? A subscription app to keep you from being distracted by all the other apps you've downloaded? This is one step up on the dumb scale from Peril Sensitive Sunglasses.

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      Mike Masnick (profile), 19 Oct 2017 @ 1:35pm

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      Seriously? A subscription app to keep you from being distracted by all the other apps you've downloaded? This is one step up on the dumb scale from Peril Sensitive Sunglasses.

      I dunno. A lot of people swear by apps like Freedom. And there appears to be a decent market for such apps. https://zapier.com/blog/stay-focused-avoid-distractions/

      Distractions can be a big deal and a system to make it easier to quiet those distractions... can be useful.

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        Rekrul, 19 Oct 2017 @ 3:22pm

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        The reason I find it dumb is that most of those distractions are of people's own making. People today are so obsessed with their phones, texting, IMing, Facebook, Twitter, etc, that they now need to pay a recurring fee to keep them from using the very things that they CHOSE to use in the first place.

        I don't use any of the usual "social media" sites, I don't have a cell phone, my computer is the only thing connected to the net, there are no IM apps or Skype installed, my email client doesn't even check for mail unless I run it and click the Get Mail button. Why would I install all of that stuff, then pay an additional fee to keep myself from using it?

        It's like going shopping and paying someone to take things out of your cart so you don't spend too much money. Or paying for cable and then paying for a device that only lets you watch an hour of TV a day.

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          Mike Masnick (profile), 19 Oct 2017 @ 3:45pm

          Re: Re: Re:

          I don't use any of the usual "social media" sites, I don't have a cell phone, my computer is the only thing connected to the net, there are no IM apps or Skype installed, my email client doesn't even check for mail unless I run it and click the Get Mail button. Why would I install all of that stuff, then pay an additional fee to keep myself from using it?

          Perhaps some people -- in fact, a lot of people -- find all that stuff useful. Personally, I find "well, I don't do this so no one else could possibly need it" a fairly unconvincing argument.

          As for the "solving a problem of their own making" argument -- the same is true of, say, hiring a plumber to fix your toilet. But most people prefer the convenience of indoor plumbing that they're occasionally willing to pay someone to fix it.

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            Rekrul, 26 Oct 2017 @ 6:38pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            Perhaps some people -- in fact, a lot of people -- find all that stuff useful. Personally, I find "well, I don't do this so no one else could possibly need it" a fairly unconvincing argument.

            That's not what I meant.

            I find having a phone to be useful, but when I want peace and quiet, I turn the ringer off and ignore it. People can leave me a message. I find email to be useful, but I don't have it constantly checking for new messages and popping up alerts each time one arrives.

            As for the "solving a problem of their own making" argument -- the same is true of, say, hiring a plumber to fix your toilet. But most people prefer the convenience of indoor plumbing that they're occasionally willing to pay someone to fix it.

            That's not a fair comparison. Many people don't know how to fix a toilet and they don't intentionally break it in the first place. I know how to change the mechanism inside the tank, but when the valve in the wall started leaking, I paid someone to fix it because I didn't know how and didn't want to risk making things worse. The main had to be turned off in order to remove the valve and if I wasn't capable of installing a new one, it would have meant that the water to the whole house couldn't turned back on.

            In contrast, I'm pretty sure that most people know how to turn off their phones/tablets. If you don't want to be distracted, turn off the things that are likely to distract you. It's a fairly simple concept. As I said before, it's like paying for cable and then paying extra to keep yourself from watching it. Just turn off the TV.

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