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."

Duck Duck Go Search Engine (your new alternative to Google.com)

Recently, Google.com, Bing.com, and other major search engines have started removing certain websites they deem inappropriate from their search results...essentially filtering the web according to what they feel you should or shouldn't be looking at. I have a problem with this, seeing that most people assume these search engines are indexing the web and what they are displaying is a representation of what is on the web, hence if you don't find it there, you think it probably does not exist. Read more »

Lesson Learned - Google is not Always Right

Last week I learned a new lesson in life...Google is NOT always right. If I had let that thought enter my head, I would have saved myself a few hours. So what happened? Well, I was just playing around on one of my hobby sites, doing some updates and upon completing the updates, I noticed all my html tables where breaking the layout of my site. Uh-oh! What did I do? After several hours of trying to roll back updates, examine code, etc, I realized it wasn't anything I did at all! Google's Chrome update was the one to blame. 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


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. 

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.

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! Curious who is still flying over Ukraine, check it out now!





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 is the attacks being carried out on areas you wouldn't expect, such as the location near the south west side of Africa and Antarctica. I'll let you do your own research on what those places are and why the attacks are happening there. 

Shinzo Abe Addresses US Congress

DigitalOcean - An Incredibly Easy to Use Cloud Hosting Provider with Superb Customer Support

I have finally moved away from using shared hosting...and man does it feel good! And if I knew how EASY and AFFORDABLE it was, I would have moved on a long time ago. But then again, DigitalOcean wasn't really around.

So what is DigitalOcean? DigitalOcean is a cloud hosting provider built on simplicity and community. Both of which, are the reasons I decided to go with them. I have changed hosting providers several times over the years, mostly due to extremely poor (or nonexistent) customer service and unreliable servers/support technicians. Read more »

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