Technological World for October 13, consumer tech: Internet Archive is 25, Windows 11 is out now, new computers from Acer

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The Internet Archive turns 25, Windows 11 is rolling out to computers now, and Acer’s got new laptops running Windows 11 including a new line made from recycled products.

Internet Archive celebrates 25 with online anniversary party

If you’ve ever needed (or wanted) to see what a website used to look like, you’ve visited the Wayback Machine, which grabs snapshots of billions of web pages and stores them.

This is a project of the Internet Archive, which also includes archives of books, software, videos, and more.

The Internet Archive was founded by Brewster Kahle in 1996, and he’s going to take us back to those days on October 21 as part of an online anniversary celebration, From Wayback to way forward: The Internet Archive turns 25.

He’ll be followed by Cory Doctorow who will imagine what things will be like 25 years from now in 2046.

You can get a glimpse now at the future Doctorow imagines with the Wayforward Machine. Spolier alert: it’s dystopian.

Register for From Wayback to Way Forward: The Internet Archive turns 25

Windows 11 is now available

The latest update to Microsoft’s operating system, Windows 11, is now available.

The upgrade, which is free for many Windows 10 users, will not necessarily work on any computer. You can check to see whether yours meets the minimum system requirements, which include:

  • 64-bit processor, 1 GHz or faster
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 64 GB hard drive storage

You can also download and run the “PC Health Check app” that will tell you if your computer is capable of running Windows 11.

Among the things that come with the new Windows are:

  • more and better accessibility features to support people with disabilities
  • better support for gaming
  • Microsoft Teams Chat in the taskbar
  • general performance enhancements

If you’ve got a qualifying Windows 10 computer, you’ll get Windows 11 delivered to your device sometime in the next few months.

Acer’s got new Windows 11 laptops including one made from recyclables

Timed with the release of Windows 11 are new notebook computers from Acer, including the Nitro 5 gaming machine, the Swift 5 ultralight, and the green Aspire Vero.

The Aspire Vero is part of Acer’s new line of Vero products that are constructed with post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastics.

In addition to the general purpose Aspire Vero is the business laptop the TravelMate Vero (coming in January), the desktop Veriton Vero Mini, and the 27-inch monitor, the Vero BR277 (available in March).

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