Moose is the Supergeek

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This article appeared in the September 2001 issue of the Atlantic Progress
Magazine. The subject is none other than our beloved Michael Dinn.
The original article is below.

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Michael "Moose" Dinn, president and owner, Twisted Pair Network
Consulting Inc., Halifax, N.S., www.twistedpair.ca

Michael Dinn has a simple explanation for how he got stuck with his
nickname, Moose. "I was 11 years old and playing soccer,"
he says. "I ran through a few other players and got the nickname."

It might not be a flashy anecdote, but Dinn, who is known only
to his family as Michael, has always been able to make the practical seem
innovative; he has earned a McGyver-style reputation in the IT world for
improvising solutions to the networking problems. "I got known as the guy
who could roll the duct tape and a piece of wire and come up with
something that would work."

Glimpses of a bright future were apparent early on. In 1992, while
Dinn was still a student at Dalhousie, he set up a Gopher server for the
university - a precursor to the Web for serving up Internet information
without graphics. Unfortunately, management was the last to discover the
popular service and Dinn was warned, "Don't do that again without asking
us - but can you put these documents on it for us?"

In 1993, the third-year computer-science student was recruited to join
NSTN, the first commercial ISP in Nova Scotia. And the rest, he says - from
setting up close to 20 other ISPs, two of which are in Ireland, to providing
second-level IT services to companies throughout Canada - is history.

The techie-turned-entrepreneur started Twisted Pair in 1998. "It's the
ultimate network consulting, hosting, all-singing, all-dancing, you-name-it,
we'll-do-it company," Dinn says. The once-independent techie may have
three employees now, but he still gets a rush from the "wow" factor.
"I like giving customers a solution that they never would have thought
about doing themselves," he says, "that saves them hideous amounts of
money, that makes them say 'wow.'"

Atlantic Progress Magazine, September 2001, Page 38