This was one of my earliest HOWTO’s… I had a good laugh when I saw the screenshots after almost 3 years.
In the IRC HOWTO You will find the freenode.net login registration part and the link to Google Talk setup. In the Google Talk HOWTO. You will find links to the CheckGmail HOWTO and a link to the Pidgin + Yahoo setup part…
Some of the info is still valid ;). One day I will redo them and post here on WoTW ;).