Here is my fixes for some common/uncommon workarounds to the internet blocking software called Coldturkey.
Last updated 20210702
What is coldturkey?
"Cold Turkey is a hardcore website blocking app that not only clogs distracting sites but also shuts off apps or even the entire internet." - timeterminator.com
Great writeup of Pro's /Con's of coldturkey
Paid features mentioned here cost $39 as of 20210604, but its worth it just for the
To the workaround
Then `the fix`
Frozenturkey AKA computer blocking (windows):
I can just start my computer and from the lock screen turn off WIFI, then restart my computer go into the bios (on my pc its accessed by pressing "F12" multiple times right on power up. Changing what time the computer thinks from say 4am to 9am, rebooting the computer then going into windows date and time setting this is possible because the pc think's its in a time is outside a blocking period which basically turns off the block making frozen turkey useless!
Note: windows doesn't like it when you set the time / date in the past it will lock the computer if done incorrectly. set it to sometime within the next 24 hours when your blocker is enabled.
The Fix: (attempt #3 third times the charm)
Disable the ability to turn change time settings, and lock the app that changes it.
because this disables the ability to get around the time blocks by not having access to change it in the first place. This will have the unfortunate consequence: you will not be able to change the time on your pc unless it does it automatically
Warning: this can fuck up your system if you do it wrong! always be carful.
Previously this method required scary regex edits, but is now handled from within cold turkey!
Solution is three fold:
A) Disable ability to change the time
B) Set Bios Master Password
C) give password to recovery partner
A) Disable Time Changing
Just enable "Block Time & language settings" from within Coldturkey settings panel
- Go into Coldturkey settings > blocking > "Block time & language settings when a block is enabled" turn it on
- What does this do?:
- it stops the ability to change the time, so you can set the current time to a time of day that a block is not enabled thus making the blocking useless
How to check if it worked
From within Date & time check to see if the "change" button is grayed out under "Set the data and time manually"
sync now button
What normally happens is the time zone updates
If you get
Time synchronization failed this means it was successfully enabled!
B) Set Bios Master Password
NOTE! WRITE DOWN this password, DO NOT FORGET THIS PASSWORD you will lock your self out of your computer in a way that is vary vary hard to fix, even tech support people will have a hard time fixing it. I know b/c I'm one of them
how to set bios password
Because every computer has a deferent way to doing things
Ill show how to find the information on google and what it looks like set bios password on my computer
How to find instructions for your computer on google
how to set bios password <YOUR COMPUTER MODEL>
For me it looks like this:
How to get into the bios:
During POST, when the DELL logo is displayed, watch for the
F2 prompt to appear, and then
press F2 immediately.
source: XPS 15 Service Manual | Dell US
To enter the system setup, press F2 immediately after a power-on or reboot.
Should be found under "security"
Written Instructions from google
- In the System BIOS or System Setup screen, select Security and press Enter. The Security screen is displayed.
- Select System/Admin Password and create a password in the Enter the new password field.
- Click OK.
- Press Esc and a message prompts you to save the changes.
- Press Y to save the changes.
Other examples of admin passwords
C) Give password to recovery partner
Give password to
trusted person & make sure the
password is hard for
you to remember
- give to 2 reliable recovery partners
- trusted family members
- trusted friends
- person in another time zone ( idea someone in the antipodal time zone to you)
- to easy to memorized
Normally this would be actually a
decent password, but sense were trying to block ourselves out of
our own computer a
hard to remember password is
good thing in this specific case
I recommend using a very long and computer generated password
its long, hard to remember
DELETE THE PASSWORD!
after you have tested it at least 1 time it was setup correctly
the idea here is to have a password you can use multiple times without the worry to memorizing it, provided you deleted all copies you have. this is what I do. I ask for the password from my recovery partner and then delete it when I'm done. so far so good.
Pro tip: have recovery partner use a password manager like Bitwarden Open Source Password Manager
- disable time changing within windows
- enable Bios admin password
- Give Password to recovery partner for safe keeping
Stay safe out there!
by oran collins github.com/wisehackermonkey oranbusiness (wacha wach symbole ) gmail.com 20210518
No need to follow these bellow steps!
DO NOT FOLLOW THE BELOW STEP! Use the above method, its safer, it actually works and its way the fuck easier!
- Disable time setting for current user
- Prevent Users from Changing the Date and Time in Windows 10
- How to Prevent Windows Users from Changing Date and Time
Important make a regex backup!
file > export
Now on to the reset of the tutorial!
In the tutorial i was following it expected a
international folder but i dont have that so we fix that by creating it
Now right-click on International then select New > DWORD (32-bit) value.
1) Right Click on "microsoft"
2) "new > key"
3) Right click on untilted folder "rename" to
4) repeat 1-3 but with
Right-click International and select New > DWORD (32-bit) value.
PreventUserOverrides by right click
Right Click on it select modify
What this magic number means
for this entry disables the rights of all non-administrators to change the date and time.
enables the rights of all non-administrators to change the date and time.
Turn on this automatic time zone stuff in window
Date and time settings, THIS IS IMPORTANT!