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Dork on Dork Dialog with Jackie Kashian. I am interested in whatever dorky thing you want to talk about. Guests speak to their love of books, TV, Movies, Comic books, websites, food, wrestling, cars, action figures and bees. There is room for all in The Dork Forest. This is a safe space. Credits: Music composed and performed by Mike Ruekberg (Sarah Cohen on intro) Audio fixes by Patrick Brady Website design by Vilmos
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Jul 19, 2011

My guest is the greatest techy dork that I know: Andrew Solmssen. Thought you cared about computers? He does a LOT. In the beginning I’m hyper and we talk Star Trek, but then… tech. I say “right” a lot. I am revealed as not knowing things… again. Enjoy. It’s awesome.

 

Notes:

I made up that difference. Nerd/Dork

Edith Keillor – Joan Collins

Teri Garr

Torchwood

Robert Heinlein

Voyage of the Dawn Trader

Swallows and Amazon

Rick Brandt Science Adventures

Col. S.P. Meek

Tig Notaro

VNC

Asus Motherboard - Rampage 3 Gene 13/66

Core i7 processor

Quadro NVS 450

SSD – 120 OCZ vertex 2

Data Backup – RAID

Twitter is @solmssen and facebook

Pocketcast – for Android

Podtrapper – great for Blackberry

3G iPod Touch – recorded July 13, announced July 14

Facetime

If you need a cable for anything

The PORNY side of Return to Castle Wolfenstein

Virtualization Server – this one seems pre-built. Prolly not as “good”

Parallels for Macintosh

Skynet – april 12 2011

Threads

John Anderson

Hunter S. Thompson on Nixon, find “yard” on the page

Beau Geste – Gary Cooper 1939

Super micro x8sil-f – I finally GET it.

Hyper v roll (installed)//VM ware

The OS on his Virtual Server:
1. Windows Small Business Server 2008

2. Windows 2003 - Blackberry Enterprise Server 5.0

3. Windows 2003 - SpiceWorks

4. Ubuntu Linux Server

5-7. Windows XP, Vista, 7 (operating system)

 

The word… fungible (which I just said, “right” to)

HIPAA

Second Life – the game I’m thinking of J

CJ Arabia

Alex Solmssen Photography

Andrew on SoundCloud

 

Books Andrew recommends:

Hackers- Steven Levy

The Soul of the New Machine - Tracy Kidder

Software recommend:

Small business Server 2011 Essentials  

 

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8 Comments
  • almost six years ago
    Todd Mason
    Why, thanks! Very nice to have multiple DORK FORESTS to wander through after my vacation. I must correct my memory slip above, though...Wallace actually won in several contiguous states in '68, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana (! presumably not in N'Orleans, though perhaps Humphrey wasn't so popular there, either), and Arkansas. There was an attempt by the leftists of the eventual DSA (Democratic Socialists of America) sort to mount a presidential campaign in '68 for a new People's Party, with Martin Luther King, Jr. as the presidential candidate and Benjamin Spock as VP, but even if MLK would've been eventually willing, you kinda know what happened there (a hint of that effort was eventually to put Spock on the ballots in several states as the PP candidate in '72...he did about as well as Dick Gregory as the candidate of the New Party did...given Pat Paulsen's performance-art run in '72 as the candidate of the S.T.A.G. Party [Straight-Talking American Government], I think that might've been the first national election with at least two professional [as opposed to inadvertent] comedians running on at least some official ballots around the country).
  • almost six years ago
    Jacie
    Awesome , nice to have u bck Todd!
  • almost six years ago
    Todd Mason
    Oh, and the writer of the episode of STAR TREK you discussed most, "City on the Edge of Forever," was Harlan Ellison...though how Roddenberry fiddled with his script caused a big rift between them...and the original version of the script won Ellison his second WGA (Writers Guild of America)-West screenplay award. (FWIW, it was Kirk who holds McCoy back from saving Keeler, in the version that was shot.) (His first was for an OUTER LIMITS script, "Demon with a Glass Hand", his third for the pilot, not as shot, for THE STARLOST.)
  • almost six years ago
    Todd Mason
    I'm suddenly (even more) chatty...end of the workday, I guess.

    Among the Teri Garr things to love are certainly also her contributions to YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN and AFTER HOURS and her episode of the fine, much missed KCET-based PBS sitcom anthology TRYING TIMES.

    Col. Meek also wrote a fair amount of early science fiction. For that matter, Heinlein had many phases, and his earliest sf tended to be pretty asexual (since he was selling most of that to John W. Campbell at ASTOUNDING STORIES/ ASTOUNDING SCIENCE FICTION--still published today as ANALOG--who was very uncomfortable with sexual content of any sort...Heinlein even had to sell a story or two with the mildest sort of locker-room humor references to the teen-aged (well, 19yo) Frederik Pohl in 1940, better known then for editing the ASTOUNDING competitors ASTONISHING STORIES and SUPER-SCIENCE STORIES for a "budget" line of pulps than for the writing he'd make his primary work in the 1950s.
  • almost six years ago
    Todd Mason
    Hey, all the tech stuff sounded reasonable to me, up beyond the point where I'd have to turn things over to my brother the software engineer or my father the retired electronics engineer. AS might've voted twice for Mondale, though he would've had to vote for Mondale, as a 1966-born, in the primaries and then in the general election in 1984...Reagan wasn't quite running against Mondale in the '80 (George HW Bush was running against him for Veep). Sadly, I was faced on the 1984 ballot (my first Presidential election, as well) with the dispiriting choice of Mondale, Reagan and LaRouche on the (no write-in) Virginia ballot, so it was Fritz for me as well...though I wanted to vote for the Citizens Party (essentially the proto Green Party) candidate Sonia Johnson (slim chance you were getting "Johnson" from her), who as a fellow VA resident, couldn't vote for herself, either. (She was on the ballot in about half the states, and Virginia made it a bit easier for small parties and independents to get on the ballot over the next two election cycles.) Johnson and the Citizens had the best platform of any national candidate (however unlikely to win) in my lifetime, and that includes the Greens since and the 1980 Citizens campaign, with Barry Commoner as the pres can.

    John Anderson wasn't the first independent nor third party candidate to be taken seriously, not even in all of our lifetimes, as George Wallace was a serious contender in 1968 as the American Independent Party candidate...rightwing State's Rights populism, rather reminiscent of a certain Tea Party's bag these days, only with a Much stronger racist flavor (pro-segregation/anti-civil rights rather than "I want my country back"...you Had a country at one point? Who took it from you? Really?). Wallace won in Georgia and Alabama and got their electoral votes. But I suspect this isn't news to a history major.

    The Progressives in 1912 (Teddy Roosevelt) and 1924 (Bob LaFollette, in a combo ticket with the Socialists...because Socialists and Republicans naturally go together), and the other Progressives in 1948 (Henry Wallace...because Communists and an ex-Republican ex Veep under Franklin Roosevelt naturally go together), when the States Rights/"Dixiecrats" ran Strom Thurmond. The Socialists did very well in 1912 and again in 1920, with party co-founder Eugene Debs as presidential candidate, jailed by the Wilson Administration (one of the worst and most overrated we've ever had) for opposing World War I, so some 1920 campaign buttons featured his prisoner number rather than his name. And so on...back through the Populist Party, the American Party/"Know Nothings" (another proto-Tea Party in some ways), the splintering of the Democratic Party and the remains of the Whigs around the Civil War (and the Free-Soil Party before that, where the roots of the Republican Party were planted), and, further still, my favorite, the Anti-Masonic Party. Some days there seem to be a lot of anti-Masons around, still.

    Good stuff to hear, most of this episode...thanks!
  • almost six years ago
    JackieKashian
    @Teri - HA@! I used to think that I knew about computers too!!! heh. @Sarah - I love feeling good and I'm glad you're liking it!
  • almost six years ago
    sarah
    Really great show-i think i even understood some of that. Also-people buy the app, it is well worth the twoonie (if you were canadian, you would understand that). There is gold in those extras. Unless you hate feeling good. Your choice.













  • almost six years ago
    Teri
    Y'know, I *used* to think I was into computers until I listened to this podcast. Now I understand why my sister's eyes glaze over when I start talking about memory and RAM and video cards. Holy cow, that was a whole lotta info in this 'cast.