USB Adapter Connects Palm Devices -- Palm organizer owners frustrated by the lack of a direct USB solution for connecting their HotSync cradle to iMacs or blue and white Power Macintosh G3 machines can now purchase Keyspan's $40 USB PDA Adapter. Currently, owners of USB-enabled Macs need the combination of a USB-to-serial adapter and Palm Computing's MacPac adapter to synchronize their Palm handheld devices with data on their Mac. The USB PDA Adapter provides a direct link from the Mac's USB port to the DB-9 serial connector found on the Palm HotSync cradle and stand-alone HotSync cable. (For more about Palm handhelds, see our "Reading the Palm" series of TidBITS articles.) According to Keyspan, the device also works with serial-equipped Wacom digitizing tablets. [JLC]
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.