Live like it’s 1994


The Internet Complete Reference
Hahn and Stout

Have you been wondering what those AOL disks that come in the mail are all about? Did you hear about something called Electronic Mail? This book has you covered. It is still in circulation as of this writing. I am pretty confident that public libraries can weed pretty much any tech books from the 1990s without damaging the library’s collections.


back cover

what is the Internet


      1. I remember when Firefox dropped Gopher because their implementation was unmaintained and an attack surface. Someone was going to transition the codebase to an extension for the few who would use it.

  1. Sadly, what dated this more than anything else is this zinger about the Internet “You are about to enter a world in which well-mannered people from many different countries and cultures cooperate willingly and share generously.”

  2. I remember using Telnet to connect to my local library. No idea what some of these other things are–Gopher, Veronica, and Jughead?

    1. I forgot about being able to dial in to my grand parents’ library, _possibly_ using Telnet, and accessing their catalog that way. And the central County library where I grew up had green and brown monochrome screens to access what was their catalog at the time.

      Such fun!!

  3. I’d rather live like it’s 1984, when except for nukes I didn’t have as much to be scared or worried about. Now I only have to worry about coronavirus, nukes, coronavirus, climate change, coronavirus, anti-vaxxers, coronovirus, overpopulation, corinovirus, and world leaders with the brains of a bowl of tapioca pudding. And coronavirus.

  4. I feel it’s safe to say that anything touted as a “complete reference” is obsolete before it’s even printed.

  5. These type lady of books are actually really interesting and helpful from a tech history perspective. If it’s helping researchers in that fashion, why remove the book? Just because it’s outdated doesn’t mean you can’t learn from it.

    1. Unfortunately, it can’t be labeled “for historical reference only”, so it’s out of place in most public libraries.

    2. If there is space for it as a primary source, then it should be filed as historical. If there isn’t space, it should be sent to an archive. If no archive wants it because they already have it, it should not be kept at the expense of a book or similar that will be useful to many more than only the specific researchers.

  6. My first telnet experience, in the same year this book was published, was logging into a server in Norway (from Australia) and watching the full story of ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ told entirely in ascii. Was hilarious.

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