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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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Apple Moves WWDC 2003 to June in San Francisco

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With only two months notice, Apple has rescheduled its 2003 Worldwide Developers Conference for 23-Jun-03 through 27-Jun-03 in San Francisco's Moscone Center. The WWDC conference was previously slated to take place May 19th through 23rd in San Jose. Apple's stated rationale is to provide developers with a more complete release of the next version of Mac OS X, code-named Panther, and Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations, said that moving WWDC to June "ensures that every developer will leave the event with a copy of Panther in their hands."

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To accommodate the change, Apple has extended the WWDC Early Bird registration discount to 23-May-03 (full refunds are also offered through 23-May-03 for those who had already registered but can't make the new dates). Cancelling hotel reservations shouldn't be a major problem for attendees, and it appears Apple will be helping those who already purchased non-refundable plane tickets. If that includes you, contact the Apple Developer Connection, presumably to register complaints or ask for assistance. There is some precedent for Apple paying ticket change fees; when Apple rescheduled Steve Jobs's keynote a day earlier at Macworld Expo San Francisco two years ago, they helped press who needed to change tickets and hotel reservations. Dave Polaschek has been reporting his rescheduling efforts on his weblog; he's found that Apple is trying to be accommodating, both in terms of helping developers find hotel rooms in San Francisco (probably easy, given the occupancy rate we saw during Macworld Expo in San Francisco) and in working with airlines.

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The real problem, however, is that the new dates for WWDC bump against the annual grassroots MacHack developers conference, currently scheduled for 19-Jun-03 through 21-Jun-03 in Detroit, Michigan. Although there's no actual overlap, attendees have only one day between the two conferences to travel and recuperate from the long hours during MacHack. Worse, it's unlikely any Apple employees could attend MacHack, since they'll be busy preparing for WWDC. Other developers may opt out of MacHack due to the amount of time away from work attending both conferences would entail. Since Apple didn't contact the organizers of MacHack in advance, they're still discussing what to do. Stay tuned.



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