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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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Barnes & Noble DRM Fails with Expired Credit Card

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Yet another reason why DRM is wrong. When a Barnes & Noble customer tried to download a previously paid-for book, an error message appeared, stating that the download had failed because the credit card on file had expired. As the cool kids say, “Epic fail.” The expiration status of a credit card for a previously purchased book should be entirely irrelevant for a later download, and to extend the scenario, there should be no requirement that the account be linked to a credit card at all after the purchase has been completed.favicon follow link


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Evan Grantham-Brown  2012-12-28 15:09
I hate DRM as much as the next geek, but this has nothing to do with DRM.
Glenn Fleishman  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-12-28 15:25
The connection is a couple of steps. Because the book was protected by DRM, the user had to re-download it from Barnes & Noble to load it on her Nook. Because the credit card had expired, even though the book had been purchased, Barnes & Noble wouldn't let her do so. Thus, the DRM prevents a backup copy from being useful or transferred easily among devices.