Firefox & Thunderbird Garage: The Definitive Guide to the New Web Browser and Email Applications That Are Taking the World by Storm

Mozilla Insiders Provide Helpful Tips for Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird

Users on Everything from Security and Privacy Protection to Advanced Search

and Spam Control

Apr 14, 2005, 01:00 ET from Prentice Hall PTR

    UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J., April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Prentice Hall
 Professional Technical Reference has published "Firefox & Thunderbird Garage,"
 the book that shows everyday computer users -- whether newbies or seasoned
 professionals -- how to make the most of Mozilla's trailblazing Web browser
 and email programs. Mozilla is the open source software project that develops
 and distributes the popular Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird
     The guide is co-authored by two Mozilla insiders instrumental in the
 creation of these applications: Chris Hofmann, who helped lead the worldwide
 release of Firefox 1.0 in November 2004, and Marcia Knous, a key member of the
 quality assurance testing team for both Firefox and Thunderbird. John Hedtke,
 the book's third co-author, is a well-known author and technical writer whose
 recent books include "MP3 for Musicians" and "Robohelp for the Web."
     Computer users are already convinced of the benefits of switching to
 Mozilla's products. More than forty million people have downloaded Firefox and
 five million have downloaded Thunderbird since the products debuted in late
     The definitive and comprehensive book provides more than 350 pages --
 richly illustrated with screenshots and helpful commentary from Hofmann and
 Knous -- about how to master these free Web applications. The book is the
 newest addition to the Garage Series from Prentice Hall Professional Technical
     In his foreword to the book, Ben Goodger, lead engineer for the Firefox
 project, says that, "This book should give you a better understanding of what
 makes Firefox and Thunderbird tick, how to get the most out of them so that
 you get the most out of the Internet, and how to stay safe when you're
     "During the 1.0 development phase, I wrote test cases for both the Firefox
 and Thunderbird products and performed basic functional tests, so I really got
 to know and appreciate all of the new features -- and existing ones -- inside
 and out," said Knous.
     "Even though I had already been using Firefox and Thunderbird for several
 months before I started writing the book, there are a ton of things I learned
 from working with Chris and Marcia, tips and tricks I don't think I would have
 figured out. This is truly an insider's guide," Hedtke said.
     "Firefox & Thunderbird Garage" is organized into 13 chapters, each of
 which discusses important aspects of the applications and how to customize and
 tweak them for personal use. The book concludes with six appendices covering
 keyboard and mouse shortcuts for both Firefox and Thunderbird, menu commands,
 using configuration files, and additional security options.
     "Firefox & Thunderbird Garage" (ISBN 0-13-187004-1) also includes helpful
 screenshots and has an accompanying website:, which has available for download two
 of the book's chapters, "Protecting Your Security and Privacy" (Chapter 2),
 and "Protecting Your Privacy and Blocking Spam" (Chapter 11). The book will be
 available through major chain and independent booksellers worldwide and
 through online vendors at a suggested retail price of U.S. $24.99.
     The Garage Series is a street-smart series of books about technology built
 on the premise that technical books don't have to be boring or be written in
 the impersonal voice of an all-powerful narrator. Other popular Garage Series
 titles include Web Design Garage by Marc Campbell, iPod & iTunes Garage by
 Kirk McElhearn, and Web Search Garage by Tara Calishain.
     About the Publisher
     Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference (PH PTR)
 ( is a respected publisher of quality computer science
 and engineering books and software for technical professionals. PH PTR is a
 unit of Pearson Technology Group, the world's largest provider of consumer and
 professional computer, information technology, engineering and reference
 content. Pearson Technology Group is an operating unit of Pearson Education,
 the world's leading educational publisher. Pearson Education is part of
 Pearson plc (NYSE:   PSO), the international media company.

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