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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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


It’s been a while, and we are extremely sorry about that! But we are back with a special episode with AlBara AlOhali who told us about his experience of leaving his comfortable job at Google and taking a one-way trip to Japan to immerse himself in the Japanese culture. We talk about his journey to learn the Japanese language, getting his Masters in Human Computer Interaction from one of the top Japanese universities, and his journey in life-logging his life. Show Links Kanji Letters Keio University Global Innovation Design Story Corps AlBara Periscope master’s defense… Vagabonding in Japan


This week we his Ali Al-Zain and talk about bucket lists! Ali tells us about his northern adventures to see the northern lights in Iceland, then we talk about the great glasses industry scam and a lot more! Show Links The Ice Hotel Northern Lights Meet the Four-Eyed, Eight-Tentacled Monopoly That is Making Your Glasses So Expensive


Today we host Dr. Mohammed Halawani and talk about HIV/Aids and dispel the many myths about the virus.  

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