Today is Labor Day, a U.S. national holiday, but we self-employed types ended up spending the day, well, working. Along with putting together this issue of TidBITS, we completely moved all of our Internet servers from our venerable SE/30 to a shiny new Apple Internet Server 6150, which means that performance should be a good bit better. Lest you feel sorry for us for working hard on a holiday, just remember that I'm talking about a Macintosh. It might have taken me all of an hour to move email, email auto-replies, FTP, Gopher, and Web access over to the new machine and to install updates to all the software, including Apple Internet Mail Server 1.0, Peter Lewis's FTPd 3.0.0, and StarNine's WebSTAR 1.2.1. Most of that time was being careful about synchronizing the old and the new Macs. Running Internet servers on a Mac seems almost too easy sometimes. [ACE]
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.