Friday, December 18, 2015

Fix your photo date and time stamps to match the EXIF data

I resized a bunch of photos this week for syncing to an iPad that had limited storage.  When I synced them it was obvious I lost the date stamps.  Luckily I found this gem of a utility that can recursively go down all your directories and fix the date and time stamps to match the EXIF data.  I was shocked how fast it was.  It does a bunch of other options also, so it’s worth reading the usage page. 

For my needs this is the command line I used:  jhead –ft **\*.jpg

FYI it won't update any date stamp prior to 1970.  It's coded using Unix standards.  Unix only allows date stamps >=1970.

Download jhead here:

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Canon MF4600 / MF 4700 series scanner not working with Windows 10

If you own a Canon MF4600 or MF4700 series printer/scanner it most likely is not working if you installed Windows 10.  There is a simple fix.I have Canon’s MF4690 multifunction printer and Canon support was not able to solve the problem.  The below steps should resolve your scanner issues:

Make sure you have the latest drivers and Toolbox loaded from

Right click the Windows Start Button and select Run
Enter services.msc
Scroll down look for Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)
Right click, select Properties
Select the "Log On" tab
Select the radio button for “Local System account
Check the box for “Allow service to interact with desktop
Press OK
Reboot computer

Friday, November 20, 2015

Trayless caddy

Trayless caddy for 2.5 & 3.5 drives from Syba
This drive caddy from Syba (part# SY-MRA55006) will make it really easy to remove / hot swap your drives in your desktop PC.  It also features two USB 3.0 ports.
I like to play with multiple operating systems on a secondary PC.  This is ideal for allowing me to swap out the boot drive.  I have lots of smaller hard drives that are ideal for playing with Linux distros, Hackintosh or pre-view copies of Windows.

The Syba supports both 2.5” and 3.5” drives.  The 2.5” drives are very common with SSD’s or laptop drives.  The drives can be easily slid in and removed.  I like to use offline storage/backups with my hard drives.  This product is ideal for that.  It requires two SATA data cables and one power cable.  The USB 3 ports (which are optional) come with a standard USB 3 19 pin header.

My only slight complaint is the LED’s are very bright.  You can use a Sharpie or paint to tone them down.  Tape could also work.  The device is easy to install in a 5.25” bay.  The SATA speeds can be up to 6Gbps.  Also remember to enable HOT SWAP in your BIOS.