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:
http://www.phptr.com/firefoxthunderbird, 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)
(http://www.phptr.com) 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.
SOURCE Prentice Hall PTR