Chapter 13. About Firefox and Thunderbird

Most people on the Internet use the Microsoft Internet Explorer Web browser to cruise the World Wide Web and use either Outlook or Outlook Express to send and receive email. They use these programs because they came with Windows, not because they chose them for themselves. This is like buying a toaster that comes from the factory set to make toast much darker than you like and leaving it that way instead of trying different settings until you find one that makes toast to your taste.

The only problem with the toaster analogy is that a toaster comes with a knob or other device you can use to change the way it toasts, but Windows doesn’t come with a choice of Web browsers or email programs. You need to go ...

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