Plugging Firefox Secrets

In: Mozilla|Personal

30 Jul 2005

So here it is, the inevitable “author plugs his new book” blog post. In the last months of 2004 and early months of 2005, I was spending a good number of my evenings after work writing what was to become (and now is) Firefox Secrets. “Writing” being a broad term used when tasked to churn out a software book – I’d say that almost 50% of the time was spent fiddling with Firefox, tracking elusive things down, verifying that things I intend to say actually work, and taking screenshots. For those of you who were regular readers, you know how I love to put up screenshots in blog posts, but I tell ya, it kinda gets old after awhile. (Thankfully, MWSnap is an amazing screen capture tool that’s freeware to boot.)

Firefox Secrets photo

I’d like to thank SitePoint for approaching me with this offer to write a book on Firefox, considering my (non-)experience in book-writing. The content of the book was initially intended to be geared towards the non-technical Firefox user (as proposed by SitePoint), but we (SitePoint actually) decided to rebrand it as a “Secrets” book when they discovered that my submitted drafts weren’t that much of a plain old technical manual but more of a “stuff you don’t know” kinda book. Honestly, I never really warmed to the idea of writing another “blah how do I use Firefox” grimoire so the rebranding is for the best.

So, what’s in the book? Well, this table of contents should give you an idea. SitePoint also included a nice little CD-ROM with Firefox, Thunderbird, and extensions and themes that I’ve mentioned in the book material. I tried my best to include everything for both new and experienced Firefox users, so there should probably be something in there that interests you. For those of you who want a preview of the book, check out the You Don’t Know Jack About Firefox! article over at, or download the sample chapters (PDF format, requires email address).


I’ve acknowledged these same people in the book, but it bears repeating here.

I owe it all to SitePoint for making the book come through, even though things weren’t all that smooth-sailing. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to write about Firefox.

Asa Dotzler, for being an awesome technical reviewer for the book, thank you. Asa’s reviews relieved me of several misconceptions, and I even picked up a few secrets from him (and yes – these secrets appear in the book).

Dear blog readers, I admire you for tolerating with my absence and sticking around even when at times I seem to have died and left my blog in an owner-less limbo. Thanks for reading as always.

Last but not least, the Firefox community: developers, evangelists, users, all of you. Firefox is the success it is today (and a wonderful browser to boot) because of you guys.

Elsewhere, on Firefox Secrets

I’ll be keeping (and updating) a list of blogs, articles, and other miscellanous web stuff that talks about Firefox Secrets here.

11 Responses to Plugging Firefox Secrets



July 30th, 2005 at 11pm

Congrats again. :)



July 30th, 2005 at 11pm

I received my copy some days ago and couldn’t stop reading it. Although I consider myself an expert when it comes to “standard software” (yes, FireFox is a standard software to me and I think it should be considered as such by everyone), I was still able to get some tips and secrets out of it. Hat tip to Chu, the real Experts when it comes to FireFox!


Carlo Zottmann

July 31st, 2005 at 12am

Congratulations on the book again, it’s mighty nice! (And thanks for including BetterSearch, hehe.)

Always great to see Firefox getting attention.

Cheers from Germany,



July 31st, 2005 at 1am

Congrats on your Blog comeback and for your first book!



July 31st, 2005 at 7pm

Congrats, Chu :-)
I’ll be picking up a copy when I get paid at the end of next month!



August 2nd, 2005 at 4am

w00t! Glad to know your are back and eager to get a copy of Firefox Secretes. Congrats! :)



August 2nd, 2005 at 11pm

congrats cy! and finally u had time to get the page back to it’s original state. =D


VANTAN.ORG: The Daily Weblog™

August 4th, 2005 at 6pm

Firefox Secrets

I got my regular email from Sitepoint and was pleasantly surprised to see a fellow Web Standards enthusiast in it! All I can say is: Support Chu Yeow and his book, Firefox Secrets!! In his own words……



August 5th, 2005 at 9am

Wow, congrats on your new book! =) I’ll remember to order a copy when get my pay at the end of this month. And welcome back!


Daniel Prado Rodríguez

June 30th, 2006 at 7pm



June 30th, 2006 at 7pm

I recommend to use Firefox, it is the surest browser.

I never had problems with Firefox on the other hand with IE I usually had problems with Spyware and Dialers.

I the following link you can download the Firefox Browser, this version included an orthographic corrector.

Download Firefox with orthographic corrector ->