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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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Take Control of Users & Accounts in Panther in Japanese

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Take Control of Users & Accounts in Panther in Japanese -- In our continuing expansion of Take Control to other languages, we're pleased to announce the release of the Japanese translation of Kirk McElhearn's "Take Control of Users & Accounts in Panther." Translated once again by our volunteer Japanese translation team, the Japanese version of "Take Control of Users & Accounts in Panther" costs $7.50, and we're also offering a $1.50 discount for anyone who buys this translation along with the Japanese translation of Matt Neuburg's "Take Control of Customizing Panther." As with previous translations, Japanese speakers who already purchased the English version of "Take Control of Users & Accounts in Panther" are entitled to a free copy of the Japanese translation; if you didn't receive mail from us, click the Check for Updates button on the first page of the English version of "Take Control of Users & Accounts in Panther," and then click the download link at the bottom of the page. If your copy lacks the Check for Updates button, you need to upgrade with the instructions we sent on 10-Apr-04. If you have any troubles, please use the form on our FAQ page to ask Tonya for help. [ACE]

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