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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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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/13-Feb-06

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Sony to do for books what iTunes did for music? Sony is about to introduce a new ebook reader that comes closer to the experience of reading text on paper, but even more intriguing is an online ebook store fashioned like Apple's iTunes Music Store. The question is: can Sony pull it off, or will the efforts be crippled by DRM or proprietary technologies? (28 messages)

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Yojimbo comments -- Readers take note of Bare Bones Software's program for storing important bits of information, branching off into a side discussion of whether application uninstallers would be helpful on the Mac. (24 messages)

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Searching for a small microphone -- Since the PowerBook's internal microphone picks up the sound of typing notes so easily, a reader solicits advice on buying an external microphone for recording interviews. (9 messages)

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Awkward aspects of the Intel transition -- Now that the Intel iMac is on the market, what practical issues have arisen in the switch away from the PowerPC architecture? (11 messages)

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Path Finder 4 comments -- Matt Neuburg's article on the Finder replacement Path Finder 4 generates opinions on what the program does right and what it still needs to work on. (13 messages)

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PocketMac comments -- BlackBerry owners relate their experiences with the PocketMac synchronization software that Patrick Dennis recently reviewed. (4 messages)

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Do people like Treos or not? Patrick's article on the BlackBerry and PocketMac also prompted one reader to wonder about the differing opinions of Palm's smartphone. (12 messages)

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iTMS open for any musician -- The iTunes Music Store isn't available just to the big music producers - though that helps. At least two companies can help post and sell your work on the iTMS, but there are several limitations. (2 messages)

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Charging for email? AOL and Yahoo have proposed a scheme whereby companies would pay to have their "good" email delivered. Is it destined to fail, or does a glimmer of a good idea reside there? (8 messages)

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Photo storage while traveling -- What's the best way to secure your digital photos on the road so that you don't lose them en route? (10 messages)

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Angle brackets and URLs -- How many publications' readers would debate the proper formatting of URLs in email? At least one! (4 messages)

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