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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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Meet Us at O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference; Discount Available

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Next week, after celebrating Tonya's birthday on Sunday, I'm jetting off to Santa Clara, CA to speak at and attend the O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference from September 30th through October 3rd. On Wednesday, 02-Oct-O2 at 2:15 PM, I'll be presenting a session called "Mac OS X Report Card" in which I'll grade Apple's performance with respect to different aspects of Mac OS X. For a sneak peak at the talk, read what TidBITS Talk participants think of my grades. Also, in "Automating Mac OS X" on Tuesday, 01-Oct-02 at 10:45 AM, TidBITS Contributing Editor Matt Neuburg will be showing how you can use tools like QuicKeys, BBEdit, and REALbasic along with applications like Eudora, Microsoft Word, and FileMaker Pro to turn your Mac into a mindless automaton (better it than you!).

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If you've been looking for a Macintosh conference that's somewhere between Macworld Expo and MacHack in technical depth, this one may be your cup of tea. There are sessions of interest to developers, but also plenty that will intrigue network administrators, technologists, and power users. Along with the usual suspects like Tim O'Reilly, Ted Landau, and David Pogue, a number of TidBITS and TidBITS Talk contributors will be speaking, including Glenn Fleishman, Dori Smith, Rich Siegel, Stuart Cheshire, Cory Doctorow, Gordon Meyer, and Dan Frakes. Along with all the scheduled sessions, a number of us will be hanging out in the evenings for informal discussions and a Birds of a Feather session Wednesday night at 9:00 PM - think of it as TidBITS Talk in real time.

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If you have considered attending the conference, but haven't yet signed up, O'Reilly has extended this 35 percent off discount code - macosx02tdbt - to TidBITS readers. Hope to see you there!

 

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