Saturday, February 27th
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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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 --- Revisiting Mandelbrot -
"I started doing Mandelbrot
plots 20 years ago. At that time, the computer took a long time, about 30
seconds, to render an image. It was nice, but not very interesting. Now
computers are fast enough to do one plot a second. This now becomes more
interesting, because I can interact with the plots. I like to use a mouse to
navigate the plots, but I need help in adding a mouse interface to F#. I have
put all the computation into FPU, and am quite proud of it. However, Windows
steals the FPU from me and I am not sure that I have the FPU all to myself.
Anyway, I will demonstrate almost interactive Mandelbrot plots."
11:48 --- Lunch
We will walk to
The Treehouse by
Tresidder Union. Here is the
We may end lunch a bit early so that we can start the afternoon session
13:00 --- Forth Coding Best Practices
- Samuel A. Falvo II
Sam will share his learning experiences with
Forth coding best-practices for his High-level Data Link Control (HDLC)
network stack supporting his optical communications experiments.
- "The HDLC stack I'm writing is far from
complete, and has not yet been tested over wire links. But, the current set of
unit tests suggests that it can now handle SABM, UA, and DM messages -- meaning
that I can now initiate a connection request and handle success and failure,
14:00 --- Introductions, Announcements,
Rumors, and Random Access
Topics include: A Big Laser (ABL), Embedded
Systems Conference, announcement day choice, and whatever else may come
14:30 --- Break
14:54 --- 3D Printers & Makerbot -
3D printers, like the Makerbot, are the latest trend in
technology. Stepper motors hum, plastic squirts, and before you know it a
gimcrack or thingamabob emerges. Freshman-year engineering students are
fabricating wind-turbine blades with them. Makerbots can make its own
replacement parts. We will hear all about it from Eric, who has assembled
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 in March:
xx:xx --- Task Interface in Forth for eCOS
- Part 2 - John E. Harbold
"I'll present the object-oriented
interface to the task interface in Forth for
eCOS. This will describe the way to
create and manage tasks in Forth."
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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Coming to SVFIG:
topic channels, four new episodes per week.
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 sought 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 February,
please contact Kevin