Digital Inspiration Technology Blog How to Change the Date of your Digital Photographs

John Q. Public has just finished importing the videos and pictures from the digital camera to his laptop but realizes that the media files are incorrectly time-stamped.

Maybe the date and time settings of his “point and shoot” camera were set incorrectly or maybe the digital camera was stamping the files with local time though the pictures were being shot in another country with a different time zone. He probably forgot to change the time stamp of the camera before going on vacation.

How does John change the data and time of his pictures?

Most image editing software, Picasa and iPhoto included, allow you corect the data and time of photographs imported from a digital camera or a smartphone. You can import your digital photos in the software and select the ones that need to be fixed.

In the case of Picasa, choose Tools -> Adjust Date & Time and select a new date for your photos. This will change the “Date Picture Taken” field in the EXIF data of you picturs. Similarly, iPhoto users can choose Photos -> Adjust Date & Time to set the selected photos to a particular date and time.

I however prefer a little-known command line utilitly called ExifTool for such operations since it is much more versatile. To get started, download the ExifTool executable and extract the zip file to your desktop. Now rename the exiftool(-k).exe utility to exiftool.exe and we are all set to adjust the date and time of our photographs.

Unlike the iPhoto or Picasa software that simply set the date and time of a photograph to another time stamp, Exif Tool can “shift” the data and time values associated with a picture. For instance, if your camera’s time was off by 2 hours 30 minutes at the time of capture, you can use ExifTool to shift the time stamp of all your pictures only by that “off” duration.

The sytax is:

exiftool.exe "-DateTimeOriginal+=Y:M:D h:m:s" filename.jpg

For instance, if wish to shift the time of photographs by 5 hours and 30 minutes, the command would be:

exiftool.exe "-DateTimeOriginal+=0:0:0 5:30:0" filename.jpg

And if you wish to perform a negative shift by 1 day, the command would be:

exiftool.exe "-DateTimeOriginal-=0:1:0 0:0:0" filename.jpg

Please refer to this document for the exact syntax and other examples.

Exif Tool is free and available for Windows, Mac and Linux.

This story, How to Change the Date of your Digital Photographs, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 29/11/2013 under Image Editing, Software

God Is In The TV: TGI: What are Manchester’s all time top tunes?


“Manchester So much to answer for” Suffer Little Children, The Smiths

Manchester is as steeped in heritage as the old Victorian buildings that populate its city skyline: where modernity crashes into history. A hotbed of the post-industrial age, the atmosphere of creativity and imagination, the need for escape still hangs over the city like a permanent smog.

Along with Liverpool it was at the vanguard of the 1960s explosion(through the likes of The Bee Gees, Herman’s Hermits and the Hollies), at the birth of post punk when the Sex Pistols performed to a room of fans at the Lesser Free Trade Hall in 1976, many of whom would later go onto form some of the eras most important bands(The Fall, Buzzcocks, Joy Division, Magazine et al), in the 1980s Manchester was both at the heart of independent guitar music scene(most notably through the work of The Smiths, The Railway Children, The Chameleons and the likes of James and in the 90s The Charlatans and Oasis) and at the cutting edge of dance music with the rise of the Hacienda and rave culture. Alongside Tony Wilson’s Factory Records the city fostered the blurring of genres of dance and guitar music(Happy Mondays, Stone Roses, New Order, 808 state and The Chemical Brothers who formed in Manchester).In the wake of Britpop A&R men swarmed through Manchester’s toilet venues looking for the next Oasis, which led to a rise in poor imitation groups.

To this day Manchester is the breeding ground for bands from the grandeur of Elbow to the experimentation of Everything Everything and No Ceremony/// noise exponents like Engineers and Oceansize to exciting new bands like M O N E Y and PINS whilst not all of these are Manchester born they gathered there to create music, perhaps acknowledging the enduring appeal, eclecticism and strength of the cities music scene. Manchester still remains the fulcrum for much of the musical movement in the North West…This week the inimitable broadcaster Terry has picked out 200 of Manchester’s all time top tunes, you can vote here:

What are Manchester’s all time top tunes? Here’s a selection to start you off:



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God Is In The TV: Independent Venue Week Supported by PRS for Music Launched for early in 2014


Independent Venue Week supported by PRS for Music is a 6 day long series of gigs running from 28th January – 2nd February 2014.Celebrating 18 independent venues across the country.

Each of the 18 participating venues will host one night over the course of the week as their official Independent Venue Week gig. Artists, promoters, labels and blogs will work with each venue to curate, play and promote live music.

The project is also supported across BBC Introducing shows on national radio as well as 40 regional stations.

Independent venues sit at the heart of their local community, providing a vital lifeline to upcoming artists early in their careers whilst bringing together those fans who are passionate about live music. With more and more small to medium sized venues continuing to close around the country, Independent Venue Week supports those venues that play such a significant role to musicians and fans alike.

“Independent Venue Week is a fantastic idea. Small venues are the lifeblood of British music. There’s a particular kind of excitement when you go to a gig at these venues. They’re visceral and intimate.”
Phil Selway, Radiohead

Co-founder of the initiative, Sybil Bell said “The struggle to compete with large, sponsor-backed venues makes it a tough and challenging time for independents. Combine this with bands finding it harder to tour due to limited revenues and rising on-the-road costs and we can all see what a difficult climate live venues find themselves in. There’s never been a more important time to highlight the importance of these treasured places; getting people excited about discovering new music up close and personal and reigniting fans passion for gig-going.”

“Without small, independent venues, there’d be no small, independent bands, and without them there’d be no big acts either; these places are the lifeblood of any music scene, and any music fan should care about them and support Independent Venue Week”.
Frank Turner

Official Venues confirmed for 2014
King Tuts Wah Wah Hut

Half Moon Putney

Arts Centre

The Cluny

Clwb Ifor Bach (celebrating its 30th anniversary this year)

Sugarmill (celebrating its 20th anniversary this year)


The Louisiana

Oh Yeah Centre

The Library

The Joiners (celebrating its 45th anniversary this year)


The Leadmill

The Jericho

Tiki Bar

Soup Kitchen

Tunbridge Wells
The Forum (celebrating its 20th anniversary this year)


Specific dates, line up’s and tickets will be announced over the coming days and weeks via social media and on the main website. Twitter; @IVW_UK

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God Is In The TV: Track Of The Day #407: Temples – ‘Mesmerise’

One of my favourite new bands of recent times, Temples have announced the release date for their debut album ‘Sun Structures’. The 11 track LP is out on February 10 2014 via Heavenly Recordings.

The LP was produced by James Bagshaw of the Midlands-based band and was recorded at his home in Kettering. It was mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer

A new single is released on January 13, it’s called ‘Mesmerise’ and it does exactly that. More info on the album and the accompanying UK tour dates can be found HERE.

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God Is In The TV: Summer Camp – Heaven, London – 27th of November 2013


Summer Camp celebrated in style their last UK gig and biggest homecoming show in London’s Heaven. With fairy lights adorning the ceiling and mic stands, the atmosphere in the club was nothing short of Christmassy, and the crowd let out a big “ooh” once the lights were lit. Summer Camp’s Elizabeth Sankey and Jeremy Warmsley were both immaculate in their white outfits, with Sankey swaying and singing in some beautiful silver platform shoes whilst a suited up Warmsley was mostly on guitar and keyboard duties.

Starting off with the slow burner ‘The End’, the band leapt from one track to the other fluidly, with a setlist which included material from their debut ‘Welcome to Condale’ and from their homonymous second album.

The couple is a match made in Heaven: their showmanship is very well balanced, and it’s incredibly sweet to see them quarrel over nothing during their set. She has the theatricality of a 90s pop star mixed with the sultriness of Julee Cruise, whilst he has a sort of Marty McFly charm. With their brilliant lyrics about young love, doubt and naïve uncertainty, all set to a back drop of a light pop mix, and the screen projection of classic dance and school scenes from iconic movies (anything from ‘Footloose’ to ‘Billy Elliot’, ‘Mean Girls’ to The ‘Virgin Suicides’), they are truly entrancing. People were throwing shapes, flailing their arms in the air and joyously clapping along tracks such as ‘Ghost Train’ and ‘Fresh’.

 The rhythm section was brought by William Bowerman and Nathan Fairweather, two thirds of the portentous band Brontide, bringing to Summer Camp’s live presence an even stronger and more articulate depth. With highlights which include the whitest yet most charming rendition of Biz Markie‘s ‘Just a Friend’ which in turn interpolates the band’s own ‘Losing My Mind’, and a sneak peak to a Phil Spector-esque soundtrack made for the upcoming movie ‘Beyond Clueless’, Summer Camp are now set to go and conquer Europe.

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Global: Dave Hill | Tomorrow’s Tube: deeply boring

How much more underground rail transport in London is possible?

Burrowing beneath London is an epic enterprise. Here’s a recent progress report from the Crossrail team.

Some facts to focus imaginations: the man in the film, Andy Alder, was speaking 30 metres below Farringdon station; some parts of the 21 kilometres of the dual Crossrail lines will pass beneath London’s streets at depths of 36 metres; as the Crossrail website puts it, the tunnel route weaves between existing tube lines as well as sewers, utility tunnels (for gas pipes and electrical cables) and even the foundations of large buildings. There is a warren beneath our feet, and yet a Crossrail 2 is planned and there’s even a twinkle in some eyes called Crossrail 3. Will a day come when Tube engineers can bore no more?

The answer varies a little depending on who you ask but the short answer is a firm no. Going deeper, for example, can be more complex and expensive but, in the words of a senior London Underground executive: “You can tunnel forever if you want.” It’s pointed out, for instance, that some long-existing parts of the Underground network are much further below ground than Crossrail.

On the Northern Line, Bank station in central London is 41.4 metres below street level and plunges to a London-wide record of 58.5 metres at the century-old Hampstead station and the technology has moved on a bit since then. It can also cope with terrain that has presented problems in the past, notably south of the Thames.

So how much more subterranean railway will worm its way beneath our feet in decades to come? This is mostly a question about money. Transport for London chiefs are clear that funding for future projects will routinely and increasingly come from combinations of commercial finance, public investment and local levy. Crossrail itself provides one model. The planned extension of the Northern Line from Kennington to Battersea in the Nine Elms redevelopment area requires another.

Corporate cash, I’m told, is likely to become a larger part of such equations through retail and other forms of station development (a theme I explored here). Any extra stretch of Bakerloo Line beneath south-east London looks destined to depend on it. As Diamond Geezer notes, such a project has been planned and un-planned for a hundred years and the lack of progress may not be unrelated to the area’s historic economic hardship. It may not be so in every part of it but, by and large, future additions to the network look more and more inseparable from the politically-fraught economics of regeneration.

A view from the top end of TfL is that in the longer term “you’re better off doing new stuff.” A Crossrail 3 running through a north-west/south-east route is “definitely needed” I’m told, and would be needed all the more if a new Thames Estuary airport began materialising. The evolution of London’s underground rail has long been influenced by private profit motives as well as public transport needs. Is Tomorrow’s Tube set to become still more of a corridor of commerce?

This article is the latest in a mini series marking the end of the London Underground celebrating its 150th anniversary. The previous installments are here, here, here, here and here. © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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Digital Inspiration Technology Blog A Simple Way to Create RSS Feeds for Twitter

Twitter has dropped support for RSS Feeds but there does exist a solution, slightly complicated though, that you may use to generate feeds for your various Twitter streams including Twitter search results, user timelines and even Twitter lists.

Without RSS feeds, it is difficult to use your Twitter data elsewhere. For instance, you can no longer create recipes in IFTTT that get triggered when you post a new tweet. You cannot import your Twitter timeline automatically into your blog. You cannot track Twitter search results for certain keywords in your RSS reader.

If you are also missing RSS Feeds in Twitter, here’s a new workaround that is much easier to  implement (you can get a Twitter RSS feed in two minutes) and more reliable as well.

How to Create RSS Feeds in Twitter

The trick is simple. Twitter offers widgets to help you embed user timelines into your website.  The new workaround simply transforms these Twitter widgets into regular RSS Feeds with the help of a simple Google Script. Here’re the instructions:

  1. From your Twitter homepage, go to Settings -> Widgets (link) and create a new widget. You can create widgets for user timelines, favorites, Twitter list and search results.
  2. Once the new widget is published, make a note of the widget ID which you can find in the the URL of the widget.
  3. Click here to make a copy of the Google Script and choose Run -> Twitter_RSS to initialize and authorize the script. You’ve to do this only once.
  4. Go to Publish -> Deploy as Web App and click the “Save New Version” button. Set Anyone, including Anonymous under Who has access to the app and hit Deploy.

Google Script will now create a unique URL for your RSS web app that will look something like Just append the Twitter Widget ID (created in Step 2) to this URL and your RSS feed for Twitter is ready.

For instance, if the Twitter widget ID is 123456, your RSS Feed URL would be: 

Should you wish to create another RSS Feed for Twitter, just add another widget and use that new widget’s ID with your Google Script URL. [Video Tutorial ]

You can subscribe to the Twitter RSS feed inside Feedly or use it as for an IFTTT recipe. However, FeedBurner is unable to parse RSS feeds generated through Google Scripts.

[11/15/2013] The new version of the Twitter RSS Feed generator now supports custom timelines in Twitter as well.

This story, A Simple Way to Create RSS Feeds for Twitter, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 15/11/2013 under RSS, Twitter, Internet

Digital Inspiration Technology Blog How to Make the New Google Maps Embeds Responsive

Responsive Google Maps resize automatically based on the screen size

Responsive Google Maps – The maps automatically resize based on the screen size.

The new Google Maps now offer you can option to embed maps in your web pages. While you are on the Google Maps website, zoom-in to an area that you wish to embed, click the Gear icon in the lower left corner and choose the Embed Maps option from the menu.

This web page contains a sample map embedded using the default embed code provided by Google Maps. The embedded map is non-responsive. What it means is if you open the page on a device other than your desktop computer, the Google Map won’t fit the screen and you’ll have to scroll the page horizontally to see the complete map.

Here’s another web page that contains the same Google Map but now the map has been embedded responsively. Thus, if you resize the browser or view the page on a small device, the embedded map would adjust its size automatically based on your screen size.

How to Embed Google Maps Responsively

This is the default embed code for the new Google Maps:

<!-- Height=450px; Width=600px -->

As specified in the height and width parameters of the embed code, the default height for medium embeds is 450px or 75% of the default width (600px).

If you wish to transform this static sized Google Map into one that is responsive, all you have to do is add a few CSS rules to your web page and wrap the embed IFRAME inside these rules.

The new embed code with responsive style will be something like this. You can change the value of padding-bottom (line #4) from 75% to something for a different aspect ratio.

    .google-maps {
        position: relative;
        padding-bottom: 75%; // This is the aspect ratio
        height: 0;
        overflow: hidden;
    .google-maps iframe {
        position: absolute;
        top: 0;
        left: 0;
        width: 100% !important;
        height: 100% !important;

<div class="google-maps">

A similar technique can be used to embed Instagram videos and photos responsively.

This story, How to Make the New Google Maps Embeds Responsive, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 29/11/2013 under Embed, Google Maps, Internet

God Is In The TV: Track Of The Day #406: Rosenthal – Afraid Of Stairs

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As winter descends on the UK in earnest, what could be more appropriate than an icy blast of Scandinavian sound from Rosenthal aka Copenhagen-based producer and songwriter Jeppe Kiel Revsbech?

At least ‘Afraid Of Stairs’ initially sounds like a pretty chilly affair. Solitary bass notes ring out, sparingly applied synths seep into the soundscape like gas under a door, and a funereal snare drum marches slowly across the mix. It’s thrillingly eerie, like New Order circa ‘Movement’ or ‘Power, Corruption and Lies’, perhaps with a sprinkle of the Cocteau Twins psychedelic sparkle.

It’s impeccably produced, ruthlessly stripped down but every remaining component looming large as though viewed under a magnifying glass. All of which would be impressive enough, but what really makes this track one of 2013′s most accomplished and original debuts is Jeppe’s unique vocal performance. Echoing the falsetto choirboy purity of Vampire Weekend or MGMT at their best, he repeatedly warns “it gets cold from now…” but paradoxically adds just the element of warmth and personal intimacy to offset the sub-zero instrumentation perfectly.

Intriguing, brave and confident, this is a proper statement of intent from someone you’ll surely be hearing more from in 2014. In the meantime, in an age where the current scene darlings seem to lose their flavour quicker than bubblegum left overnight on a bedpost, this track gets better and better with every listen. Dive in – just make sure you wrap up warm first.

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