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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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Eolake Stobblehouse

 
 

Pictures from the iPhone Line

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I plan on standing in line this Friday night to buy an iPhone. Now, I have a professional reason for it, as I make money writing about computer technology. I was also in the market for a smartphone when Steve Jobs dropped the iBomb in January. My current phone, about four years old, knew that change was in the wind and promptly stopped working as well. It knows the end is near.

I'll be taking pictures at Seattle's University Village mall, which contains both a corporate-run AT&T Store and an Apple Store. If you'd like to see the photos I take - which I hope to upload directly while on location through a free Wi-Fi network or cell data connection - you can visit this Flickr photo group. You can also add your own iPhone photos to it. There's an RSS feed option if you want to subscribe, as well.

I have no idea if the line of people waiting to purchase an iPhone will be 20 people long, or if it will stretch around the block. I expect that many people waiting at the Apple Store will merely want to play with one, while the AT&T Store's customers will more likely be purchasers. I may walk away empty-handed, forced to try again another day.

 

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