From The Tips Box: EXIF Data, Facebook Keyboard Shortcuts, Keyboard Layouts

Readers offer their best tips for removing EXIF data from photos, using keyboard shortcuts to navigate Facebook, and quickly reference your current keyboard layout.

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Delete Personal Information from EXIF Data in Photos

FBis251 shows us how to remove personally identifiable information from the metadata in digital photos:

Did you know that a lot of information can be gotten through the Exif data in the pictures your camera takes? Since cameras have gotten so modern, this may include your name (which you might've used to set up or register your camera) and location (some cameras have embedded GPS chips). Sure, you can download a third party Exif Stripper (you can Google that) or if you're using Windows 7, in Windows Explorer you can select an image (or select several images) with Exif data, then right click and go to properties, then go to the Details tab, and toward the bottom near the OK button, there's a link that says "Remove Properties and Personal Information". Click that and then select "Create a copy with all possible properties removed", then click OK twice, and you will wind up with a clean version of the images with the Exif data stripped and your original, intact copy.

Navigate Facebook with Keyboard Shortcuts

Mister Cow Pnoy shares some newly-discovered keyboard shortcuts for Facebook:

Facebook has some hidden keyboard shortcuts I just discovered accidentally:

Alt+1 News feed

Alt+2 your profile

Alt+3 Friend requests(popup)

Alt+4 Messages(popup)

Alt+5 Notifications(popup)

Alt+6 Account Settings

Alt+7 Privacy Settings

Alt+8 Facebook's facebook profile

Alt+9 ToS

Alt+0 Help center

Change Keyboard Icon for Easy Layout Reference

Firesphere lets us know an easy way to keep track of your active keyboard layout:

If you, like me, use a keyboard lay-out different from the default (which is usually US-International), but don't want to get rid of the installation of that default lay-out, for the occasional other user of your system, here's a handy tip.

It works in Vista and Windows 7, I think it'll work in XP too.

First, you need to have the keyboard-layout taskbar thingy enabled, otherwise, this is all a waste of time :-)

Click it and select "Show the language bar".

Click on the triangle, in the right bottom of the language bar that (most probably) appeared at the top of your screen.

Select 'Settings'.

Select your preferred lay-out.

Click on 'Properties'.

Click 'Change icon'.

And there you have it! you can set a different colour around every lay-out. For me, since I use Dvorak lay-out, I selected the green keyboard for Dvorak and the red keyboard for US-International.

This way, I can easily see if I changed my keyboard lay-out by accident and also change it back easily!

Check SD Card Compatibility for Low Quality Pictures

Photo by Jamie McCall.

Star Vixen lets us know of a possible cause for bad quality photos:

Bad digital pictures may not mean a crappy camera (or crappy photographer). I have a Nikon (point and shoot) and was using a Kodak memory card. Many of my pictures (especially ones even minutely zoomed in) were grainy and/or blurry. I finally called support and was told that the Kodak memory card was not approved for that camera and was known to cause quality and even camera issues. Apparently that info is in the instructional book that comes with it- but I cannot be the only person who never reads those thoroughly.


Comments

    And did a different SD card make any difference? I would've thunk it either works or it doesn't, but blurry?

    Hey,

    I use Dvorak too, unfortunately that trick doesn't work for XP (SP3). Pity, it looks really handy. To be honest though I hate the way windows handles multiple layouts, allowing you to have different windows with different layouts. I just want one button to change it throughout the system.

      Yet another Dvorak user, I use a little app called Dvorak Assist http://www.clabs.org/blogki/index.cgi?page=/ComputersAndTechnology/DvAssist works well on XP and currently running it fine in Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit.

      I've tried the language bar option and it annoys me, this gets run on my login and switches the whole system to Dvorak and lets other users have their qwerty.

    Umm, sorry for the unrelated question, but what font is that in the browser pic?

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