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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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TidBITS Appearances at Macworld SF -- We may be a virtual organization, but we love meeting you in person at Macworld Expos. If you're attending the show this week in San Francisco, stop by one or more of the events below and say hello.

  • Wednesday, 05-Jan-00: Adam will be signing copies of his Eudora VQS book at the Aladdin Systems booth (#2217) from 1:00-2:00 PM. Jeff Carlson and his co-author Glenn Fleishman will be signing their Real World GoLive book and answering questions about GoLive in the Adobe booth from 2:00-4:00 PM.

  • Thursday, 06-Jan-00: Adam will be signing copies of his Eudora VQS book at the Peachpit Press booth (#2428) from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM. Jeff will also be at the Peachpit booth from 10:00-11:00 AM signing his Real World GoLive book, and then again from 2:00-3:00 PM for his Palm VQS book. We'll both be at the Netter's Dinner Thursday night - make sure to sign up in advance if you wish to attend. Matt Neuburg will be signing his REALbasic book at the REAL Software booth (#949) at 10:30 AM.

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  • Friday, 07-Jan-00: Jeff Carlson and Glenn Fleishman will be signing their Real World GoLive book in the Adobe booth from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

  • Unfortunately, since O'Reilly & Associates doesn't have a booth at Macworld Expo, I don't have any signings scheduled for Crossing Platforms: A Macintosh/Windows Phrasebook. However, visit the Connectix booth (#1707) since they'll be giving away signed copies of the book throughout the show, and I might be able to set up some sort of an appearance there. In lieu of that, check out the URL below (after Wednesday, 05-Jan-00), where David Pogue and I interviewed each other about the book. [ACE]

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