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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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While many early iPhone purchasers are pleased with Apple's offer of a $100 Apple Store credit for those who purchased the initially pricey gizmo early on, and some are thrilled with the 14-day price protection policy that provided a $200 refund to those who bought in the two weeks immediately before this month's price drop, we hear that some iPhone customers who bought at an AT&T Wireless store have gotten the runaround when attempting to settle up. (See "iPhone $100 Store Credit Process Posted" (2007-09-14) for details on the refunds.)

Seeing that Apple's Web site referred AT&T purchasers back to the AT&T store where they purchased their iPhone, one such buyer went to the store last week, and was told they would call when they found out more about the company's plans. When this buyer went back to the store today, having not received the promised return call, he was told they could no longer help him, because it had now been more than 14 days since he'd purchased the iPhone.

The fine print in Apple's $100 credit offer says that iPhone buyers who purchased from an AT&T Wireless store but aren't able to get price protection may submit a claim, so even if AT&T's outlets can't figure out what they're doing, their iPhone customers may not be totally lost. In this case, AT&T customer service finally agreed to apply a $100 credit to the buyer's cellular service account, and told him to pursue the other $100 with Apple.

 

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