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Extract Directly from Time Machine

Normally you use Time Machine to restore lost data in a file like this: within the Time Machine interface, you go back to the time the file was not yet messed up, and you restore it to replace the file you have now.

You can also elect to keep both, but the restored file takes the name and place of the current one. So, if you have made changes since the backup took place that you would like to keep, they are lost, or you have to mess around a bit to merge changes, rename files, and trash the unwanted one.

As an alternative, you can browse the Time Machine backup volume directly in the Finder like any normal disk, navigate through the chronological backup hierarchy, and find the file which contains the lost content.

Once you've found it, you can open it and the current version of the file side-by-side, and copy information from Time Machine's version of the file into the current one, without losing any content you put in it since the backup was made.

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Eolake Stobblehouse

 
 

MyAlltop Enables Personal News Aggregation

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It's always interesting to see what ex-Apple evangelist Guy Kawasaki is up to, something that's a bit easier now that he's become a prolific user of Twitter. Over the last year, he's been focusing on his news aggregation site Alltop, adding a vast number of categories ranging from arthritis to zoology, from bacon to yoga. But as much as the expansion has been great for making it easier for readers to find blogs and publications that cover their favorite topics, it has become a bit overwhelming - after all, do you really want to read 17 blogs about bacon?

So the latest addition to Alltop is one that will help users rely on the site's category lists as a source from which to pick a manageable number of sites to track. Once you create your own MyAlltop account and log in, you can click a plus (+) link next to each site listed in Alltop to add it to your own MyAlltop page. Apart from the added capability to arrange the news feeds in whatever order you desire, your MyAlltop page works just like any other Alltop page, showing the five latest headlines and a snippet in a pop-up window when you mouse over a headline. Clicking a headline opens the page in a new tab or window. And, as a nice touch, you can share MyAlltop pages, so you can see what your friends are reading right now - see my MyAlltop page for an example.

 

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