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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/27-Mar-06

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How to covert a music file to a Podcast? An attempt to make iTunes see an MP3 file as a podcast leads to discussions of how iTunes handles files. (12 messages)

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Classifying memory allocations -- What are the different memory types found in Activity Monitor? (9 messages)

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Refurb laptop battery? Is it possible to buy refurbished laptop batteries? And if so, are they worth buying? (6 messages)

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NetNewsWire and NewsGator -- Glenn's experience with the newest beta incarnation of NetNewsWire prompts talk about the service and subscription pricing. (4 messages)

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Macs for the very elderly? What considerations need to be addressed when setting up a Mac system for someone who may be facing common symptoms of age such as poor vision and hand dexterity? (6 messages)

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Mighty Mouse hardware easter egg -- Lifting a Mighty Mouse (and other Apple mice) reveals a mouse-shaped light pattern. See the pictures here! (2 messages)

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Music licensing for podcasts -- Learn guidelines for legally using music in podcasts. (3 messages)

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Photo metadata redux -- Where does Mac OS X store photo metadata? (3 messages)

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Setting window layout on discs and disk images -- Adam's experiences trying to burn a disc with specific window placement leads to someone else's solution to a similar problem. (1 message)

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Recovering music from the iTunes Music Store -- A reader is able to re-download the songs purchased from the iTunes Music Store, even though Apple doesn't make it an official policy. (2 messages)

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Installing reluctant drivers -- A reader looks for help when trying to get a USB-to-Ethernet adapter working under Mac OS 9. (1 message)

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Five Years of Mac OS X -- Mac OS X turned 5 years old on 24-Mar-06, and what changes we've seen in that time! (3 messages)

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New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as "Tx" for "TextExpander". With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>