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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


TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 23-Jun-08

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  • Growl 1.1.4 from the Growl Team is a minor update to the system-wide notification utility that provides highly customizable notifications of events from a wide variety of applications. Growl 1.1.4 fixes a few problems related to updating from the 1.1.3 version and failed installations in Leopard. Version 1.1.3 provided more interesting changes, including support for Safari 3.0 in the GrowlSafari plug-in, better compatibility with Leopard (particularly via the GrowlMail plug-in), the capability to show notifications in every Space, and some fixes to stop major memory leaks. (Free, 4.4 MB)
  • ConceptDraw Office from CS Odessa uses the company's new InGyre technology to provide a seamless workflow between ConceptDraw Mindmap, ConceptDraw Project, and ConceptDraw Pro. The idea is to integrate brainstorming, project management, and CS Odessa's flagship business graphics and diagramming software. ConceptDraw Office costs $499, but that's nearly $150 less than buying all three programs separately. ($499 new)
  • Xserve EFI Firmware Update 1.1 from Apple claims to fix "several issues to improve the stability of Xserve computers." I suppose we have to take Apple's word for it, though a bit more detail would have been nice, such as the fact that this update applies only to Intel-based Xserves. Because this is a firmware update, you can't just install it willy-nilly, especially since Xserves are often run without monitors or in co-location facilities. After you download the update, locate the Xserve EFI Firmware Update application in /Applications/Utilities and launch it, then follow the directions (Apple provides more generic directions as well). If your Xserve lacks a monitor, Apple provides separate directions for headless updating, but note that if you cannot access your Xserve physically (to push the power button), you'll have to wait to install this update until someone can lay hands upon the machine. (Free, 1.6 MB)
  • CrossOver Mac 7.0 from CodeWeavers enhances the WINE-based utility for running select pieces of Windows software under Mac OS X. CrossOver Mac 7.0 includes many of the elements of the just-released WINE 1.0, including significantly enhanced support for ActiveX controls in Internet Explorer. Other improvements in CrossOver Mac 7.0 include support for Microsoft Office 2007, newer versions of Quicken, and Adobe CS and CS2 (particularly Photoshop). Standard and Pro versions of CrossOver Mac 7.0 differ in that the Pro version has a longer support period and includes a copy of CrossOver Games with a variety of Windows games. (New copies: $39.95 Standard/$69.95 Pro)


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