Электронная книга: Blake Ross «Firefox For Dummies»

Firefox For Dummies

Firefox For Dummies gives you the inside scoop on the exciting new browser from the Web wizard that got it started. The book's author, Blake Ross, began developing Firefox as a teenager. Once available to the world, the simple and powerful tool was an instant hit claiming a sizable share of the Web browser market with over 140 million downloads. In this book Blake not only gives you the lowdown on how to use Firefox for safe Web searching, but he also shares his insight into how the product came to life. It's a combination of practical tech insight and a good story that is rare in computer books. Topics covered include downloading and installing Firefox, creating a home page, searching with Google, creating customized themes and toolbars, using tabbed browsing, downloading and saving files, maintaining security and privacy, eliminating annoying popups, and adding Firefox extensions.

Издательство: "John Wiley&Sons Limited (USD)"

ISBN: 9780471793168

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Blake Ross

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2005 as the press became interested in the personalities behind Firefox following the success of its 1.0 release. He was featured on the cover of the February Wired magazine as part of [http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/13.02/firefox.html their lead story on Firefox's development] .]

Blake Aaron Ross (born June 12, 1985) is an American software developer who is known for his work on the Mozilla web browser; in particular, he started the Mozilla Firefox project with Dave Hyatt, as well as the Spread Firefox project with Asa Dotzler while working as a contractor at the Mozilla Foundation. In 2005, he was nominated for Wired magazine's top Rave Award, Renegade of the Year, opposite Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Jon Stewart. He was also a part of "Rolling Stone" magazine's [http://www.flickr.com/photos/foolswisdom/49103131/ 2005 hot list] .

Life

Ross was born in Miami, Florida. He created his first website at the age of 10. [cite web | last = Lorge | first = Greta | title = Mister Firefox | work = Stanford Magazine | publisher = Stanford Alumni Association | issue = May / June 2005 | url = http://www.stanfordalumni.org/news/magazine/2005/mayjun/dept/bright.html | accessdate = 2008-02-25] He began programming while still in middle school and began contributing to Netscape very soon after it was open-sourced. He worked as an intern at Netscape Communications Corporation at the age of 15, while attending high school at Gulliver Preparatory School, from which he graduated in 2003. Later that year, he enrolled at Stanford University, where he is now on a leave of absence to focus on work. He currently resides in nearby Mountain View, California.

Firefox

Ross is most well known for co-founding the Mozilla Firefox project with Hyatt. While interning at Netscape, Ross became disenchanted with the browser he was working on and the direction given to it by America Online, which had recently purchased Netscape. Ross and Hyatt envisioned a smaller, easy to use browser that could have mass appeal and Firefox was born from that. The open source project gained momentum and popularity, and in 2003 all of Mozilla's resources were devoted to the Firefox and Thunderbird projects.

Released in November 2004, when Ross was 19, Firefox quickly grabbed market share (primarily from Microsoft's Internet Explorer), with 100 million downloads in less than a year.

Other work

Ross now spends most of his time on a new startup with another ex-Netscape employee, Joe Hewitt (the creator of Firebug). Ross and Hewitt have been working on creating Parakey, a new user interface designed to bridge the gap between the desktop and the web. Ross revealed several technical details about the program and his new company when featured on the cover of IEEE Spectrum in November 2006.

On July 20 2007 the "BBC" reported that Facebook had purchased Parakey.cite news
url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/6907895.stm
title=Social site Facebook buys Parakey
publisher=BBC
date= July 20 2007
accessdate=2007-07-20
]

Ross is the author of "Firefox For Dummies" (ISBN 0-471-74899-4; published January 11, 2006). In his personal life, Blake can often be found spending time with his girlfriend, Mia Wahlstrom, formerly of San Diego.

References

External links

* [http://www.blakeross.com/ Ross's Personal Web Site]
* [http://www.blakeross.com/bio Ross's Bio]
* " [http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/13.02/firefox.html The Firefox Explosion] " — Wired magazine article by Josh McHugh on Firefox development history (published February 2005)
* " [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,542-1425008,00.html Newton's apple] " — leading article from The Times (UK) (published January 4, 2005)
* " [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3661-1438667,00.html Blake vs Bill] " — Q&A from Times Online (January 13, 2005)
* [http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1570734,00.html TIME magazine profile of Blake Ross]

Interviews

* " [http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/technology/2004-11-09-firefox-cover_x.htm Firefox ignites demand for alternative browser] " — interview with Byron Acohido for USA Today (published November 9, 2004)
* " [http://www.insanely-great.com/news.php?id=3993 Interview with Firefox developer Blake Ross] " — interview with Michael Flaminio for Insanely Great Mac (published November 9, 2004)
* " [http://www.stanforddaily.com/tempo?page=content&id=15322&repository=0001_article Full speed ahead: Mozilla Firefox browser blazes through globe] " — interview with Michelle Keller for Stanford Daily Article (published November 16, 2004)
* " [http://www.betanews.com/article/Firefox_Architect_Talks_IE_Future_Plans/1101740041 Firefox Architect Talks IE, Future Plans] " — interview with Nate Mook for BetaNews (published November 29, 2004)
* [http://www.boingboing.net/2004/12/01/video_of_abc_news_on.html Video of November 26, 2004 ABC News interview]
* " [http://redmondmag.com/reports/article.asp?EditorialsID=116 The Young Turk of Firefox] " — interview with Keith Ward for Redmond Magazine (published December 2004)
* " [http://www.computerpoweruser.com/editorial/article.asp?article=articles/archive/c0501/63c01web/63c01web.asp&guid=2EE255BCAA5947678A535FBFE9238537 Q&A With Blake Ross] " — interview with Computer Power User magazine (published January 2005)
* " [http://www.sptimes.com/2005/01/01/Floridian/Outfoxing_Microsoft.shtml Outfoxing Microsoft] " — interview with David Adams for St. Petersburg Time (published January 1, 2005)
* " [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,11069-1425171,00.html Is this internet prodigy about to knock Microsoft off its pedestal?] " — interview with David Adams for The Times (UK) (published January 4, 2005)
* " [http://non-tech-city.com/2005/05/27/interview-blake-ross/ Interview — Blake Ross] " — interview with Non-Tech City (published May 27, 2005)
* " [http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/12259523.htm/ Builder of a better browser looks ahead] " — interview with Ellen Lee for Contra Costa Times (published July 31, 2005)
* " [http://english.ohmynews.com/articleview/article_view.asp?at_code=272989&no=241554&rel_no=1 Firefox Will Be Free Forever] " — interview with Xu Zhiqiang for OhmyNews (published August 7, 2005)
* " [http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/microsoft/archives/104679.asp Q&A with Blake Ross] " — interview with Blake Ross for Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog (published July 2, 2006)
* [http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/nov06/4696 "The Firefox Kid"] — David Kushner's article on Ross and Parakey in IEEE Spectrum (published November 2, 2006)

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