Saturday, January 23rd
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.
Wireless Internet access is
anticipated (though not guaranteed) at Stanford, so bring your wi-fi enabled
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Meeting Agenda to: George
Meeting Agenda for
09:50 --- Coffee and a Chat
10:00 --- Livescribe Pulse Smartpen
Computer - CH Ting
Pulse was the most
impressive product I found at the last Maker Faire. It replaces a CRT with
paper, and a pen for mouse/keyboard. It also records speech and can recognize
both spoken words and written words. The one I bought is still unopened, but I
plan to play with it to give a reasonable demonstration at the
Speculations on the Genetic Code -
"We know that our chromosomes contain all the code necessary
for life, from birth to death. We know DNA contains code to make proteins which
participate and direct many of the activities in the cells and in the body. We
know only about 3% of DNA contains information to make proteins. Other DNA is
called junk DNA."
"From a Forth perspective, we can assume that
the proteins producing DNA are primitive instructions in the chromosomes, and
the junk DNA's are likely to contain high level instructions. In a major Forth
application, 3% primitive instructions are a reasonable proportion. It may be
possible to analyze junk DNA to find out how the high level instructions are
encoded in the chromosomes. We can speculate about this and discuss possible
ways of doing it."
11:48 --- Lunch
We will walk to
The Treehouse by
Tresidder Union. Here is the
13:00 --- Introductions, Announcements,
Rumors, and Random Access
13:30 --- SVFIG Treasurer's Report -
13:50 --- Break
14:00 --- Quantum Computing Preview -
Jack J. Woehr
We'll try out some netconferencing technology and if
all goes well, Jack will give us a preview of his upcoming talk on
14:10 --- FPGA 1802 CamelForth and/or
Makerbot - Eric Smith
Eric has implemented an 1802 on an FPGA and
has some success using CamelForth on it. He has also
built a MakerBot. He'll talk about one
or the other or both efforts.
15:00 --- Task Interface in Forth for
eCOS - John E. Harbold
"I'm going to present a preliminary design
for eCOS tasks under Gforth. I'll compare the tasking C calls with the
corresponding proposed Forth words. I would like to get input from everybody at
the meeting for this design."
16:00 --- Adjourn
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.
Possible topics for future
John James wrote FIG-Forth for the PDP-11 and The FIG Tree which evolved
into the generic Menu Tree bulletin board system. John wrote a number of articles
in Forth Dimensions including an implementation of XModem with an interesting CRC.
The code should be online in the Forth Dimensions archive.
"XMODEM Tutorial" John S. James
Volume 8, Issue 2, Page 9
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Botbash 2000 Video
A cheapie video
of a May 2000 robot rumble in Mesa, AZ.
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.
Solicitations for presentations and
Mitch Bradley's Forth in C
volunteer is needed to present and demonstrate this software.
PowerMops Forth for the Mac -
Kevin Appert: "Mops
is an open-source, full-featured, object-oriented stand-alone programming
language for Mac OS X descended from the much-beloved NEON. I now have a
working installation and when I know enough to do a good demo, Ill be
doing a talk. Id be grateful for any help and advice from anyone familiar
- PowerMops on
Carbon Mac Forth - Kevin
Kevin Appert: "Mac Forth
was the first programming language used on the bench to bring up the Mac and
the first programming language with Mac API available to the public. I have
substantial interest in the current version, Carbon Mac Forth and Im
hoping to do what I can to promote it. I'm unable to contact Ward McFarland,
the Carbon MacForth guy. If anybody knows a good way to buy a copy, please fill
me in! His email appears full and he doesn't reply. The phone number is out of
service, but the website is still up. Im hoping that if Carbon Mac Forth
is now an orphan, we can make all the source and executable available on our
Please indicate your interest for these
If you have anything you'd
like to talk about in January,
please contact Kevin