Saturday, January 24th
Terman Engineering Center can be found
on these maps - just search for Terman:
Google map or
Searchable Stanford Campus
There is open parking on weekends. Park in
any A or C or metered space.
Take the elevator to the 5th floor. Walk
across the foyer and up the ramp just to the left of the glassed-in office.
Room 556 is at the top of the ramp - entrance on the left.
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Meeting Agenda for January
10:00 --- Coffee and a Chat
10:15 --- eForth in C - CH
"Since I got the uVision 3 microcontroller development
system which comes with a good C compiler for many many microcontrollers, I
thought that it would be a good idea to write eForth in C, just for
portability. I revisited Wil
Baden's thisForth and
couldn't even understand it. There's got to be a simpler way to do it. I think
I can get an interpreter to run this week. The compiler would be much more
difficult. I will need help in building the Forth dictionary as a data
11:40 --- Lunch
To avoid the "noon lemming effect", we'll go to lunch a little
13:00 --- Introductions, Announcements,
Rumors, and Random Access
13:20 --- Interesting Items - Volume
12 - Dave Jaffe
Dave will continue his survey of interesting
newly-introduced microcontrollers, I/O peripherals, sensors, products, and
gadgets that can provide useful and unique capabilities to Forth embedded
systems. If anyone has come across anything that fits this category, pass them
along to him for inclusion in his presentation.
14:00 --- Semi-Parallel Multiplier with
Log2 N Steps - John E. Harbold
"I figured out a 'semi-parallel'
multiplier when I was in the Hilton Sports Book in Las Vegas that would be an
adjunct design for Ting's massively parallel matrix multiplier."
15:00 --- Sneak Preview: Music Synthesizer
(MusicBox24) on FORTHdrive - Masa Kasahara
Now that the demo
program (MusicBox24) is available from IntellaSys, you can experiment with it
yourself. Masa has been waiting for it ever since Michael Montvelishky showed
it off on Forth Day in 2007. It is not an easy program to understand, but he
started working on it. Although he does not know what will be presented in the
near future, he will demonstrate how to install VentureForth and run a couple
of demo programs, just enough to start your own journey with this marvelous
15:30 --- Adjourn
15:30 --- Indoctrinate U DVD
little off-topic, but important! Note that this version of
Indoctrinate U contains
explicit language. There will be no Forth discussed afterwards, so if you're
not interested, you're free to leave. Run time is 89 minutes.
- "Speech codes. Censorship. Enforced
political conformity. Hostility to diversity of opinion. Sensitivity training.
We usually associate such things totalitarian regimes, not with the American
universities that nurtured the free speech movement."
Documentary filmmaker Evan Coyne Maloney
investigates political censorship at colleges and universities in the
How you can help SVFIG:
- Bring your speaker and topic suggestions
to every meeting!
- Your input for and participation in next
year's Forth Day is always welcomed.
Coming to SVFIG:
Update on IntellaSys Chips -
The chips John Rible will be selling to SVFIG are in
test now and perhaps he'll be at the meeting to give us an update.
Prototyping with QFP Parts -
"I saw an article in the September 2008 issue of
Circuit Cellar entitled "Prototyping with QFP Parts". If someone tells me "that
sounds interesting" I'll break out the article into a few PowerPoint (or the
Open Office Impress equivalent) charts and traipse through it. "
topic channels. Four new episodes per week.
WAV File and Soundcard I/O Software
Using Win32Forth - Andy Korsak
This software was written for
amateur radio applications. Andy has suggested that it might be useful to look
at his code in advance of his talk. Contributions to this work-in-progress
would be welcomed. You can download and view his sound card software on the
group (membership required), or here.
Please register your interest for these
If you have anything you'd
like to talk about for the January meeting,