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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


ExtraBITS for 28 February 2011

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Adam Engst Interviewed about iPad and Publishing -- TidBITS contributor Eolake Stobblehouse interviewed Adam to talk about publishing the Take Control ebooks, and specifically how the iPad has changed reading and buying habits in less than a year of being on the market.

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Wish Steve Jobs a Happy Birthday -- Steve Jobs turned 56 last week, on 24 February 2011, and a wonderfully sweet Happy Birthday Steve Jobs site popped up to give everyone a chance to express their good wishes. It isn’t accepting new entries now, but over 20,000 people contributed thoughts.

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