Saturday, October 27th
1175 Bordeaux Dr.
Rooms 197A and 197B
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
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(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 along a printout of this agenda to identify your interest in
Forth and to 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 intervals of 20 to 30 minutes
to accommodate those without cellphones.
Do not under
any circumstances allow any strangers to enter Cogswell. Those who are
authorized admittance have key-cards.
October Meeting Agenda
Please contact Kevin Appert
if you would like to present anything at this meeting or on ForthDay in
forther - at- comcast.net
09:45 --- Coffee and a chat
10:15 --- Forth Day 2007 - Kevin
Suggest a speaker or volunteer to speak! Time is getting short,
Fortrh Day is next month!
10:45 --- What were we talking about?
- All in attendance
We'll take up topics, seemingly at random, of
technical or common interest. This may run into the afternoon. Some thoughts
Is it me or is it GNU?
Fedora 7 live CD distributed at a previous meeting seems to fail the startup
check. What's up with that?
How much is that Puppy Linux in the
Puppy is an older, interesting small Linux small enough to
boot from a thumb drive. Are there better, more modern thumb-drive
implementations? How does one find, download, and install them? How big a disk
drive do you need?
The Allen Telescope Array
There is a "phased array" of 42 - 6 meter radio telescopes just north of Mount
Lason. You may be able to join a car trip to tour the facility next
- Hat Creek Radio
- Allen Telescope Array
- Allen Telescope
Array - Wikipedia entry
What would Dilbert do?
in the mood for a "new" laptop. Should it be the Toshiba from Surplus Computer?
The Thinkpad from Tiger? Something from LapTopTek? Some other thing? You can
help him decide!
How fast is it anyway?
Firewire faster than USB 2.0?
Kevin has a
Windows 2000 machine he's trying to reset. He'll either report on the
successful method he employed or solicit advice.
Noon --- Lunch -
folks bring their lunch, some folks go to Togos.
13:00 --- Introductions, announcements,
rumours, random access
13:30 --- Interesting Items - Volume 9
- 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 --- Online Market World Expo
2007 - Masa Kasahara
Masa attended this trade show. He will talk
about the show in general and in particular legal issues surrounding the web
and blogging. A discussion will follow.
15:00 --- Vintage Computer Festival -
"Sam" will stop by to preview the
Vintage Computer Festival to be
held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View on November 3rd and
16:00 --- Adjourn
How you can help SVFIG:
- Bring your speaker and topic suggestions
to every meeting!
- Your input for November's Forth Day is
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.
F#, A simple Forth System for
Windows - CH Ting
"Though F# has been around for some time, most
people are not familiar with it. I would like to talk about it casually,
demonstrate its user interface, and show what I did with it. It is a very
simple Forth system which allows me to make the best use of Windows. I vowed to
do all my software applications with it. If you want to understand the projects
I worked on in the last couple of years, like P32 development system, MIDI,
Mandelbrot, ARM7 eForth, GameGirl, ADUC eForth, etc., it is very helpful to
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 October or at Forth Day,