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Published: Saturday, September 21, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Time after time

Bring back the floppy disc: As he cruises toward retirement, Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer says the company is working to ensure the personal computer remains relevant as the device of choice as consumers turn to tablets and smartphones.

Presumably, this means Microsoft's working on a time machine that will take the entire world back to 1987.

iFracas: Apple's latest iPhones went on sale Friday, and an overnight camp out at an Apple Store in Pasadena, Calif., went haywire when fistfights broke out and a man's plan to hire homeless people to wait in line for the devices backfired.

If Microsoft's time machine works, gadget-related violence will break out will only when Windows 2.0 crashes and you lose your entire Fiscal 1988 budget spreadsheet.

The Al Franken Decade: Speaking of the iPhone, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., has expressed concern that the iPhone 5s' fingerprint sensor poses privacy and security worries.

If Microsoft's time machine kicks in, then Franken's only security concern will be fellow "Saturday Night Live" writers stealing his ideas.

-- Mark Carlson, Herald staff

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