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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 25-Aug-08

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  • MacBook Air Update from Apple resolves an issue where one of the machine's two processors would turn off if the temperature rose to a certain point, a feature Apple calls "processor core idling." To quote the other sentence in release notes that are downright loquacious for Apple, "Third-party software that modifies processor operating characteristics such as frequency and voltage is not supported and should be removed before installing this update." In other words, if you've installed software to help work around the "processor core idling" bug, remove it before installing the update. The update also addresses unspecified video playback issues. (Free, 368K)
  • Mactracker 5.0.4 from Ian Page updates the freeware utility that provides detailed technical information on a wide variety of Apple hardware with the latest information about the iPhone 3G, new fields for iTunes Version and Machine ID for iPhone models, and updated information for the support status of Apple's latest "vintage" and "obsolete" products. (Free, 20.7 MB)
  • Keyboard Maestro 3.4 from Stairways Software adds to the macro utility a Typed String trigger that executes actions whenever you type a particular sequence of characters, optionally deleting the typed characters as part of the process. Other changes are cosmetic, minor, or fix bugs. ($36 new, free update, 6.2 MB)

 

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