The Mstdfr Show

Mstdfr (Arabic: مستدفر) is a Middle Eastern geeky podcast spoken in "Arablish". Every week, Ammar and Rami host different regional guests to talk about various topics including: current affairs, culture, technology, media, challenges facing the new Arab generation, and everything in between.

Hosted by المسثضيف Ammar Sabban
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After a long hiatus we come back with Dr. Hashim Al-Zain. We talk about 3D printing and 3D scanning. Hashim tells about two very inspiring stories on how he helped people to improve their lives. Show Links 3D printed human heart Scoliosis King Abdulaziz University ranks 5th in engineering globally  To some a citation is worth $3 per year


Today Faisal finally joined us again for another episode, all three of us haven’t been in the studio recording together for a while. We didn’t prepare a topic or plan a discussion… we just started recording. The result was amusing, to us at least… and it was somewhat reminiscent of our first ever episode a couple of years ago. Show Links Stupid laws in America Jimmy Jump Magic Realism Bot Finland schools: Subjects scrapped and replaced with ‘topics’ as country reforms its education system Ceiling Cat Idiocracy movie


This week Rami & Ammar were having issues recording this podcast remotely, so Rami teaches Ammar how to proxy around UAE’s firewall. We also talk about Mstdfr’s new podcast Kartoon Kartoon, explain The Mstdfr’s Show recent spell of inconsistency, and our plans for the show in the few upcoming months. Show Links Digital Ocean The digital divide Kartoon Kartoon podcast Arab Media Forum Out of a Rare Super Bowl I Recording, a Clash With the N.F.L. Unspools


We host Reda Banjar, designer and founder of Techniya which aims to grow local tech communities through events, conferences, workshops, and hackathons. We talk with Reda about the his story starting Techniya and the difficulties of building grassroots communities in the Kingdom. Show Links Techniya website The history of Saudi music Sawalif Soft Webmaster Riyadh Geeks Techcity


Today we host Mohammad Hashem, founder of the new board game ‘Darahim’ and mathematician. We talk about languages, math, and board games. Show Links The hardest language Damascus Etymology ِArabic accents study Challenge Round Xcom 2 Secret Room Machinarium Darahim Instagram account  


Today we host Mohammed Ali (@CTRLmoh) who won the prize for best paper on the Shamoon Virus presented by Cisco Saudi Arabia. We talk about Shamoon, the virus that wreaked havoc on Saudi computer networks over the past 5 years. Mohammed explains to us, what Shamoon actually does and how. We then talk about best security practices and give tips to make you more secure online. اليوم نستضيف محمد علي الفائز بجائزة سيسكو لأفضل ورقة بحثية عن فيروس شمعون. نتحدث عن شمعون وكيف استطاع أن يدمر الكثير من البنية التحتية في السعودية. ثم يشارككم ببعض… Pwning Shamoon


In this episode, Hakeem and Faisal argue convincingly why they hate the Starks, we talk about Nintendo’s latest console the Switch, and whether video games are a sport or not.


This episode we host Fouad AlFarhan, blogger and entrepreneur to talk about big data, entrepreneurship in the region, and his secrets to starting companies. Show Links Nintendo Switch Has Huge Launch At GameStop, Retailer Says Open Data Day Google Is Not What It Seems by Julian Assange Outliers by Malcom Gladwell Essam Al-Zamel: Steal My Ideas Brad Feld’s Boulder Thesis


This episode we host Samar Shisha the founder of Nard Games and creator of the new card game ‘Wala Kilma.’ We talk about the resurgence of board games in the world and the region, the process to bring ‘Wala Kilma’ to market, almost have a Windows vs. Linux flame war, the automation of jobs, and much more! Show Links How Apple Lost the iPhone 4 The first video on Youtube The origins of Nintentdo Challenge Round Jeddah Using Canadian laws in translation Halo Branded History of board games Media Wala Kilma Boxset Wala Kilma Instructions… The Cool Family

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