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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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Metadot Sponsoring TidBITS

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We’re pleased to welcome as our latest long-term TidBITS sponsor Metadot, makers of Das Keyboard, a proud entry in the “loud and we know it” category of tactile keyboards. As anyone who has read TidBITS over the years knows, I care deeply about my keyboard, since it’s my main conduit to my Mac. Pointing devices are important, certainly, but as a writer, how quickly and accurately I can get words down on the screen is paramount.

For a bit now, I’ve been testing the $133 Das Keyboard Model S Professional for Mac, and I’ve generally been enjoying typing on it. It’s a surprisingly different feel from the Matias Tactile Pro and Quiet Pro keyboards, but for those who prefer clicky keyboards with a long key travel, Das Keyboard is an attractive option. It’s remarkably difficult to describe exactly how it feels, but typing quickly on it somehow reminds me of a waterfall, with the letters cascading off my fingertips. That’s undoubtedly due to its Cherry keyswitches, and I’ve heard that Cherry-based keyboards are particularly popular with gamers, who rely on fast and accurate keystrokes.


Das Keyboard features a variety of Mac-specific special keys and built-in 2-port USB hub with a dedicated connector that provides additional power (the 2-meter cable splits into two, and uses two USB jacks on your Mac). I’ll be looking at Das Keyboard in greater detail in a future article, but for now, thanks to Metadot for their support of TidBITS and the Mac community!

 

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Anonymous  An apple icon for a TidBITS Supporter 2013-02-19 10:40
Look forward to reading the article. I still have an old IBM Selectric, and I type faster and better on that than on any computer keyboard I’ve ever used. I’ve been curious about Das Keyboard ... one thing that I know will make me unhappy if I get it is that the keyboard is black with white letters. I often type in low light, and so have looked far and wide for white keyboard with black letters ... but if it’s really a good keyboard I suppose I can live with white on black.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2013-02-19 11:05
I gather Das Keyboard is like the IBM Model M keyboard, though I don't remember that one too well.

You are correct about the white letters on black keys - although I touch type, I sometimes have to reset my position on the keys, and when it gets dark in my office in the evening - before I've turned on any lights - I can definitely have more trouble finding the home row.

Metadot would say, I think, that you need to train yourself to touch type better, which is why they actually sell a model of Das Keyboard with nothing printed on the keycaps at all! :-)