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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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Skype 5.3.9.1093

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Skype has released version 5.3.9.1093 of its popular video- and audio-telephony client for Mac OS X. As the very minor version number increase from 5.3.0.1074 suggests, this is purely a hotfix that addresses an occasional crash during video calls, as well as a problem with the Norwegian localization that can lead to the app freezing. If Skype’s built in auto-update feature doesn’t see the update, you can download from the company’s blog. (Free, 22.3 MB)

 

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Comments about Skype 5.3.9.1093
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Larry McJunkin  2011-09-05 10:45
6 AM EST and it has auto-updated just fine here.
It fixes " a problem with the Norwegian localization that can lead to the app freezing."?
This IS a Tidbits joke, isn't it? Cute!
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-09-08 18:09
No, but it was such an amusing thought that the Norwegian localization had problems that we couldn't resist calling it out.

I suspect it's pining for the fjords.
Flash Sheridan  2011-09-06 15:25
Is there any reason to upgrade from the 2.8.0.851, or is the older interface still better?
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-09-06 18:24
If 2.8 is still working for you, no, not really. I suspect at some point it will stop being able to connect properly with newer versions.