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About the Author
Blake Ross discovered computers when he was 4 and hasn't had time to eat since then. He began working at Netscape at 14 and cofounded the Firefox project two years later to make the Web easy to use for plain old human beings. He also cofounded the SpreadFirefox.com community evangelism project, which has changed the face of software marketing and distribution. Blake was featured on the cover of Wired Magazine in early 2005, and he has since been featured in dozens of international publications and television shows to promote computing simplicity. He is on leave from Stanford University, where he is an undergraduate.
Blake is currently working on a new project with some of the original Firefox team. If you enjoy Firefox, you'll enjoy what's coming next, so sign up at http://www.blakeross.com to hear when it launches.
For my family, who taught me everything I know. Except the computer stuff.
Many thanks to my family and friends for sticking by me and putting up with my crazy hours (the sun is rising as I write this).
Thanks to Mark Enochs and Steve Hayes at Wiley for reminding me to actually, you know, finish this book, and for putting up with the idiosyncrasies of a first-time For Dummies author. Likewise, this wouldn't have happened without Virginia Sanders and James Russell, who rigorously reviewed the book and fixed every sentence-ending preposition you can think of. (Almost.)
Many thanks to Jatin Billimoria for helping to plan and write the book when my time was sparse.
Thanks to the MozillaZine community for their generous contributions to the book.
And finally, thanks to everyone at Mozilla who helped take Firefox to the top: Mitchell Baker, Chris Beard, Asa Dotzler, Rafael Ebron, Brendan Eich, Ben Goodger, Joe Hewitt, Chris Hofmann, Dave Hyatt, Dave Hyatt's closet, Paul Kim, John Lilly, Scott MacGregor, Marcia Knous, Gervase Markham, Stuart Parmenter, Jesse Ruderman, Brian Ryner, Mike Shaver, Boris Zbarsky, and everyone else. On to the next 100 million!
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