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How to recover file from 'hidden' directory with Time Machine? [StackOverflow]

I had a bunch of two-factor auth codes in a hidden dotfile that I’d backed up via Time Machine but hadn’t put on Github or Dropbox because of their sensitive nature. (I use these as an extra line of defense for my Gmail, Evernote, etc. accounts, but it’s a pain to have my phone around all the time so I like to be able to generate codes right from the command line.)

I’d forgotten to bring these along after a recent reinstall of OS X, and was too lazy to go in and redo all my two-factor codes last week. So I was just locked out of e.g. Heroku.

Luckily for me, Time Machine was smart enough to know that my old backups should still be accessible even from a new user, and I was able to grab and restore that file from my home directory after showing hidden files:

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE

My mom - and the cat - discovered FaceTime.

My mom - and the cat - discovered FaceTime.

"Here’s a polite person’s trick, one that has never failed me. I will share it with you because I like and respect you, and it is clear to me that you’ll know how to apply it wisely: When you are at a party and are thrust into conversation with someone, see how long you can hold off before talking about what they do for a living. And when that painful lull arrives, be the master of it. I have come to revel in that agonizing first pause, because I know that I can push a conversation through. Just ask the other person what they do, and right after they tell you, say: “Wow. That sounds hard.”"

"The computer world is not just technicality and razzle-dazzle. It is a continual war over software politics and paradigms."


God bless Gifwit.

There is absolutely no objective need for this to exist, but it’s so amazing that it does. Hotkey access to all your gifs, right in your Mac menu bar.

I’ve been using Pinboard to store gifs for while, and had about 150. Pulling them all down and rebuilding the tag library seemed like a dealbreaker.

JSON import/export to the rescue!

Grab your gifs from the Pinboard API: 

$ curl

With a quick find-and-replace term substitution (“href” => “url”, “tags” => “keywords”), you’re good to go and Gifwit will start pulling everything in.