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Agenda to: George
Wireless Internet access is anticipated
(though not guaranteed) at Cogswell, so bring your wi-fi enabled
attending SVFIG meetings, please be aware that Cogswell College now locks its
doors on weekends. To facilitate your entry to the building, there will be an
SVFIG member stationed at the door from 9:45am to 10:15am to admit recognized
SVFIG meeting attendees. If you are attending an SVFIG meeting for the first
time, please bring a printout of this agenda to identify your interest in Forth
and thereby gain admission. If you arrive after 10:15am, there will be a
telephone number posted for you to call to alert someone of your presence at
the door. The front door will also be checked at 20 to 30 minute intervals to
accommodate individuals without cellphones.
Do not under
any circumstances allow any strangers to enter Cogswell. Those who are
authorized admittance have key-cards.
Final Schedule for
09:45 --- Coffee and a Chat
10:10 --- Forth Day 2008 - Kevin
Suggest a speaker or volunteer to speak!
10:15 --- ARMkey - CH Ting
will talk about ARMkey, a little board produced by my friend in Taiwan. It
consists of an ARM7 processor in a 40-pin DIP package emulating an 8051. The
board plugs directly into a USB port which pretends to be on a COM port. I've
had it for years, but only recently found that it is very interesting and can
be very useful for many applications."
11:30 --- A Quick Look at
- Tom Gregory
"I have been using Mathematica in a start-up and am
still new at it. I plan to introduce Mathematica and to comment on similarities
to Forth that really appeal to me. Mathematica has a lot more to it than what I
have used so far."
Noon --- Lunch
Some folks bring
their lunch, some folks go to Togos.
13:00 --- Introductions, Announcements,
Rumors, Random Access
13:30 --- IntellaSys Presentations and
- Michael Montvelishsky will demo a
MIDI keyboard with several new synthesiser sounds, all running on the
- Charley Shattuck will give a tour
of ColorForth, showcasing newly released features.
- John Rible will show some
programming tricks that result in compact MachineForth code on SEAforth
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.
Coming to SVFIG in the future
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.
- Interesting Items - Volume 10 -
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.
- Tentative June Meeting in San Mateo at the
home of CH Ting
Please register your interest for these
- Viewing of Analog by Design shows
hosted by Bob Pease - list of
- The world's second Babbage Engine is
coming to town. Maybe we can have a meeting at the Computer History Museum to
take a look.
- Review and discussion of recent postings
- Review and discussion of interesting Forth
projects and many files at the
Off the table:
- There has been a lack of interest for a
presentation by a representative from Gumstix.
- There has been no success in contacting
the author of
Forth - written locally by Cliff L. Biffle
- A tour of
TechShop in Menlo Park is not
planned at this time. If you would like to visit the facility, please make your
own arrangements. Check out their talks, events, and instructional
If you have anything you'd
like to talk about in February,
please contact Kevin