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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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HistoryHound Fetches the Past

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HistoryHound Fetches the Past -- Talk about a delayed reaction! I've been moaning for years about how useless most Web browsers are at helping you return to places you've been in the past. Back in 1996, there was a MacUser utility called Web Ninja that captured the URL of every page you visited, making it easy to find and revisit those pages. And until this January, when the Omni Group showed off the pre-release OmniWeb 5, nothing even approached Web Ninja's power. With OmniWeb 5, the Omni Group raised the bar, indexing not only the URL of each page you visit, but also the full text. I've been beta testing OmniWeb 5, and although I don't search my history every day, that feature has proved invaluable on more than one occasion.

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But what about other browsers, like Safari and Internet Explorer? Jon Gotow of St. Clair Software has come to the rescue with HistoryHound, a $20 utility that reads the existing history and bookmarks from Safari and Internet Explorer, visits those sites on the Web, indexes their contents, and lets you search the index. To search, you press a keyboard shortcut (no matter what application you're in), type your search terms, and pick a page from a ranked results list; it opens immediately in your default browser. It's a brilliant, elegant interface, and although I haven't used it long on the Macs where I still rely on Safari, I think it will become one of those indispensable tools (and it has a great icon done by Tony Bush of Cartoon Dogs). If you've ever found yourself unable to find that site you visited a few weeks or months ago, ask HistoryHound to find it for you. A 30-day free demo of HistoryHound 1.0.2 is available as a 1.6 MB download and requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later. [ACE]

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