Teach Yourself Internetz

Teach Yourself Internet coverTeach yourself the Internet in 24 hours

Submitter: When I was a public Librarian back in the 90’s we could not have enough books like this on shelf. It seemed everyone was coming in to learn about this new thing called the “internet.”
I am sure this book was very helpful back in 1994. It clearly got a lot of use. 2015? Doubtful. I can think of quite a bit that won’t be covered in this book now that its 20 years old.

Holly: This is quickly becoming one of my favorite categories here on ALB. I’m 41 years old, so I was discovering the Internet as it happened to mainstream America. I got my first email address in 1992 when I was a freshman at Eastern Michigan University (@emunix.edu or something like that. Go Eagles!). This book is just so…dirty! Weed it on condition if nothing else!



Teach Yourself Internet back cover

Subscribing to newsgroups

Worlds Chat

MUDs, MOOs, and other interactions

Deja News and Hotbot



  1. One internet thing that actually hasn’t changed since 1994: Worlds Chat still exists and still has users.

    But I’m pretty sure that’s one of the very few things that have remained relatively constant throughout the past 21 years of the internet.

  2. I like searching for the websites to see if they are still around. Dejanews.com defaults to Google groups. HotBot is still searching, too. Even Worlds.com is still on the net. Hmmmmmm. Have we hot a time warp?

      1. 1994 would have been when he was getting his BS per his LinkedIn page. Why would he have been qualified to “guarantee” this book, I wonder?

  3. I love books like these! Now that the Internet is so ubiquitous, they’re a really cool look at the time when people were just learning how to do strange new things we now think are self-explanatory. And the part of me that still hears my middle school teacher’s voice is going “PRIMARY SOURCES! PRIMARY SOURCES!”
    Of course, a public library is not the place for preserving out-of-date references like this, but I do hope some technology museums and archives keep a decent stock of them.

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