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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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Having trouble with the date and time picker in iOS 7’s Clock app? It’s not you — the “hit areas” are indeed smaller, making it harder to use. Developer Sean Woodhouse deconstructs the picker in this blog post, comparing it to the iOS 6 version that may be clunkier, but is kinder to the fingers.Generic Globefollow link


Comments about Deconstructing the iOS 7 Date Picker

LPaulausky  2013-10-02 15:00
I definitely noticed the smaller "hit areas" in the Timer portion of the IOS 7 Clock app, which I happen to use several times per day, and wondered why Apple made this choice.

I could take or leave the flatter appearance of the app (I happen to be an engineer and really LIKED the old app's "whirling tumbler" metaphor), but making it noticeably harder to view and operate the design's elements is a somewhat curious design choice. Were there legions of users screaming "give us smaller targets to hit and make the text harder to see while we're doing it"?

I'm philosophical, though. I mostly appreciate the improvements in IOS 7. Apple set the bar so high for itself with the original look and feel of the iPhone interface that improvements -- always subjective -- are hard to come by!

Thanks for the article. It is nice to know it wasn't just me bothered by this peculiarity. Perhaps refinements to the interface will eventually be made.

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