Saturday, March 28th
Terman Engineering Center can be found
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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 March
10:00 --- Coffee and a Chat
10:15 --- eForth System in C - CH
"I think I can build an eForth system in C using the 'fcode'
approach, assuming that memory is addressed only in bytes. Forth words will be
compiled in bytes, often used words will be one-byte tokens, and less used
words will be preceeded with a extension token from F0-FF. I am not sure that I
will be able to demonstrate a working system, but I will present whatever I
have finished by the meeting."
11:40 --- Lunch
To avoid the "noon lemming effect", we'll leave a little early.
13:00 --- Introductions, Announcements,
Rumors, and Random Access
13:22 ---Mach2/Forth: The Ultimate
Hardware Debugging Tool on the Planet - Rick Miley
"I will talk
about how fast I could develop Macintosh videos boards using Mach2/Forth. We
were making products at a rate of one a week. We could debug hardware and make
scope triggers 100 times faster than C or assembly."
"I also used
Mach2/Forth to send my first a fax. It was a picture of a fish. It got us
funded. The fax specifications in 1988 were CCITT gibberish. They were so
cryptic I had to pound on a horrible Rockwell chip for six months. I must have
called my fax machine 1000 times. We had no test equipment."
company was Global Village which ultimately went public in 1994 with a market
cap of $200M."
14:46 --- Break
15:12 --- Forth, Solfege, MIDI, and Me
- Masa Kasahara
"I will talk about a program which sings
solfege from a MIDI
signal. This work promotes music education and compliments a book I have
recently written. I will also be demonstrating this at Stanford's
Cool Product Expo on April
(Note: the above quote has been heavily editted to
improve its grammar and comprehensibility.)
15:45 --- OOP, UML, and Astronomy -
John E. Harbold
"I will give a talk, without slides, about the
object-oriented paradigm, executable UML, and how I applied it to analyze the
requirements of how astronomy is done."
Leftover time --- Engineering TV
topic channels. Four new episodes per week. It worked last time, and some of
the stuff is pretty cool!
??:?? --- 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:
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 -
This presentation will be based on an article in the
September 2008 issue of Circuit Cellar entitled "Prototyping with QFP
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 March meeting,