Want to learn about Networking and the Internet?

You can trust the “experts” that populate Facebook.

Or you can take An Introduction to Computer Networks from Stanford University.

This is an introductory course on computer networking, specifically the Internet. It focuses on explaining how the Internet works, ranging from how bits are modulated on wires and in wireless to application-level protocols like BitTorrent and HTTP. It also explains the principles of how to design networks and network protocols. Students gain experience reading and understanding RFCs (Internet protocol specifications) as statements of what a system should do. The course grounds many of the concepts in current practice and recent developments, such as net neutrality and DNS security.

I expect the Stanford University course will be much more informative, although possibly not as much fun as Facebook.


  1. Andrew Barrett says

    Hahaha. Too bad the thread doesn’t continue. I’d love to know how it all ends!

  2. Catherine Jefferson says

    If that thread *had* continued, I’m not sure it would’ve been safe for work. 😉

  3. lux says

    That Facebook screenshot is the bomb. I love it.

  4. John L says

    I dunno, that Facebook thread suggests they have a lot more practical mail experience than some professor whose main exposure is via reading RFCs.

  5. Sara Willis says

    Good post. Loved the conversation window from FB. 🙂


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