Drupal "Broken Links" Module - How to Fix Permission Restrictions Deny you Access Issue - SOLVED

For those of you with multilingual Drupal sites using the Link Checker module to identify broken links on your site, you may come across this issue where you have nodes showing up in the broken links page with only a message of:

"Permission restrictions deny you access to this broken link."

I'm not sure of the root cause of this, but it has to do with multilingual pages and how things are cached. I'm sure you can read more about this with a quick search on Google. But you are probably here because you just want to know how to fix this situation. The fix is quite easy. Jump over to the Link Checker admin section (/admin/settings/linkchecker) and under the maintenance section click on the Reanalyze Content for Links button. This will rescan all links and should properly remove these "permission restrictions deny you access to this broken link" message.

Hopefully this helps!

Duck Duck Go Search Engine

Recently, some of the big search engine companies, have started removing certain websites they deem inappropriate from their search results...essentially filtering the web. 

Well, I came across a search engine that prides itself in its' user privacy and unfiltered results. It's called duck duck go and you should give it a try. If you are unable to find what you are looking for using google.com, bing.com or yahoo.com (do people still use that for search?), you may want to give duckduckgo.com a try. You may just like it to the point that you start using it as your primary search engine.  Read more »

Windows 10 - How to Configure Privacy Settings

Windows 10 by default wants to learn everything about you to offer you targeted ads. Now this is good if you wish to receive targeted ads, but if you like to have some privacy then you may want to disable a few things. I will show you how to turn off some of the user tracking services in Windows 10. Here we go...

Step 1: Let's open up the Settings page


Step 2: Click on the privacy button


Step 3: Disable the options you would like


Step 4: Let's now manage our online privacy settings by clicking on the "Manage my Microsoft advertising and other personalization info". This will launch the Microsoft privacy page.


Windows 10 - How to Set Cortana to Always On Voice Command (Listen for Hey Cortana)

If you have just upgraded your copy of Windows to Windows 10, you are probably interested in seeing how far Microsoft has come with their assistant Cortana (the new rival of Siri and Google Now). You may have noticed you need to click the microphone icon every time you want to give Cortana a command or ask her a question. The feature to always listen / always on voice command, is disabled by default. I'll walk you through how to enable this feature, it will only take a minute or two. You can also teach Cortana to recognize your voice, so that she ignores others. I'll quickly show you how to do this as well.

Step 1: You will need to get into the Cortana settings area of Windows. The easiest way to do this is to click into the "Ask me anything" box. 


Step 2: Now that you have this dialog open, click on the notebook icon. Third from the top in the left sidebar. 


Windows 10 - How to Set Google Chrome as your Default Browser

For those of you who have upgraded to Windows 10, you may want to know how to set Google Chrome as your default browser. As Cortana starts to become your go to application, it will no doubt start to open many things up in the default browser. That default browser is Microsoft's new web browser called Microsoft Edge.

Now Microsoft Edge is a pretty cool browser and much improved from the previous versions of Internet Explorer, but if you are like me, you have come to love Google Chrome's slick and simple interface and how Google integrates everything across your various devices with your Google account. So for now, we probably want to stick with using our favorite browser, Chrome.

Setting Chrome is not as easy as it was in previous versions of Windows, so below, I will walk you through the process!

Plane Finder

While I was looking up information on my flight to Australia next week, I came across this very cool website. It's called Plane Finder. Basically, it's a website which displays a real-time map of all active flights, along with their flight path, call signs, and aircraft details. I thought this was pretty cool and I had no idea our skies were so crowded. At the time of my checking, there were 9,560 flights...impressive!





Norse IPviking - Real-time Visualization of Global Internet Attacks


Norse IPviking is a free online tool that displays a real-time visual map of global attacks with information such as, the attacking country, the target country, and the type of attack that is being carried out. No surprise, but you will see most of the attacks originating from China.

This stuff is super cool to watch, especially at specific times of the day. Another interesting thing to note is where most of the attacks are coming from and what countries are repeatedly getting hit. You can see why US information security experts are so highly valued...the US receives the majority of the global attacks. 

Shinzo Abe Addresses US Congress

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