AJ Fisher

GM Technology @ Citrus. Technology pioneer and futurist, Open Source advocate and mobile and cloud computing specialist
Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (30 of 30)
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Birthday: 23 Jan
In My Own Words:
Experienced technologist, futurist, cloud computing, mobile and open source advocate and sometimes still a programmer


Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,323,526 - Total Helpful Votes: 30 of 30
Confessions of a Public Speaker by Scott Berkun
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The majority of people hate speaking in public and I'm certainly one of those. Unfortunately, particularly if you are a professional, at some point you are going to be asked to give a presentation to your co-workers, your board or at a conference. We are used to seeing highly polished performances from speakers like Scott Berkun, our politicians and other notable figures so the bar seems incredibly high for anyone just starting or who only speaks in public infrequently.

"Confessions of a Public Speaker" helps push away the anxiety. Using a lot of humour, many personal stories and a healthy dose of research, Scott educates the reader on how to construct a great talk or… Read more
Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Soc&hellip by Charlene Li
I was a little worried by the opening chapter or two that this book has dated as it's been on my wishlist for some time but I hadn't got around to reading it until this week.

If you're part of Web Culture and in particular social media culture then the first parts of this book will be no surprise - in fact books like We Think, Crowdsourcing and Socialnomics are more vibrant and have fantastic, up to date examples.

Keep on going though because it's Parts 2 & 3 of Groundswell that truly shine. They are technology agnostic but talk about ways you can engage your customers further through the groundswell (Bernhoff & Li's term for Social Media) and also determine which… Read more
XMPP: The Definitive Guide: Building Real-Time App&hellip by Peter Saint-Andre
XMPP is an important technology to the future growth of Internet technologies. Increasingly systems are being built using it because it scales much better due to it's design than traditional multi-teir web applications.

This book is a great overview of the technology with high level architectural and design discussion around the protocol and how and where it can be used. It doesn't seek to answer every question or provide a how-to cookbook approach. Rather it talks about concepts and then points back to the very well documented official specifications for the nitty-gritty detail.

In my opinion this is the right approach as in a lot of cases the standards and… Read more

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