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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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We would like to apologize to all of you who received multiple TidBITS files via the SFU mailing list. We can point the finger of blame, but not at an identified individual. Apparently, the mailer problems at SFU were the result of a malicious program started by some unknown person(s) at SFU. The administrators there are working on the problems and have managed, we think, to halt the flow of TidBITS-107. Unfortunately, these problems also showed them that they don't have the staff to handle such a large mailing list.

Never fear though, we have everyone's electronic address and have moved everyone to the LISTSERV at Rice University (many thanks to Mark Williamson at Rice, who manually added all the SFU subscribers!). If you were moved over, the LISTSERV doesn't know your name and will call you "sfu.ca transfer." If you fall in this category, I strongly recommend that you update your name with the LISTSERV by sending email to LISTSERV@RICEVM1.RICE.EDU with the single line in the body of the mailfile:

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We would like to thank both Alvin Khoo for his hard work on the SFU mailing list and the administrators there for being such gracious hosts.

 

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