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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 News/02-Oct-06

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New Ebook Helps Dreamweaver Users Get Started -- Dreamweaver may be the dream tool of the pros, but it can be a nightmare for newcomers and casual Web designers. Users who need help getting around in Dreamweaver and who need to put together a real site in a sensible way can now find help in the handy "Take Control of Getting Started with Dreamweaver." Written by Arnie Keller, a professor who teaches Web design at the University of Victoria, the 88-page ebook gives step-by-step instructions for creating a functional, template-based Web site that uses styles, layers, and an interactive navigation bar.

Like all Take Control ebooks, "Take Control of Getting Started with Dreamweaver" contains clickable links and bookmarks to help readers navigate efficiently and switch to the Web for supplemental material. New in this ebook are video screenshots that play mini-movies to provide live-action illustration of Arnie's instructions. The video screenshots are freely available for previewing from the ebook's Web page.


Upcoming Author Appearances -- TidBITS Senior Editor Joe Kissell, author of numerous Take Control ebooks, will be speaking at the Macintosh Computer Expo (MCE) in Santa Rosa, California this coming Saturday, 07-Oct-06. His presentation, which begins at 10:00 AM, will cover running Windows on an Intel-based Mac. In addition to the material in "Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac," Joe will discuss CrossOver and other methods for running Windows applications without Windows itself.

Then, on Tuesday, 17-Oct-06, Joe will be the featured presenter at the Diablo Valley Mac User Group in Walnut Creek, California. At the 7:00 PM meeting, Joe will cover the ins and outs of backing up your Mac based on "Take Control of Mac OS X Backups," and how Leopard's Time Machine feature will affect your backup strategy. He'll also present a special segment devoted to Thanksgiving dinner!

 

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