January 2012 Meeting Notes

Compiled by Dave Jaffe

Contributions from Kevin Appert and others


09:45

Coffee and a Chat

10:00

Brevia 2 Kit, a Little Help? - CH Ting
"I'm I still have trouble loading the USB drivers for LatticeSemi's Brevia2 Kit. I will bring it in and see if anybody can help."

Lattice ECP3Versa Development Kit
LatticeXP2 Brevia2 Development Kit - $49

11:45

Lunch
We ate at the Treehouse.

13:00

Introductions, announcements, rumours, and gossip - All assembled
We went around the room and introduced ourselves.

13:30

Treasurer's Report - John Rible

13:45

Stack processor DIY toolkit - Aliaksei Chapyzhenka
This presentation was an introduction of the toolkit for stack processor developers. The idea is to speed-up the development process from the instruction set idea through running code in FPGA. The aim is to retarget all documentation, hardware and software tools using single architecture description source.

Stackdrom

14:45

Break

15:15

Literate Programming - Dennis Ruffer
This was a preview of his February presentation.

17:00

Adjourn


Other items:

Taiwan Forth Conference "I am going to Taiwan to attend the Taiwan Forth Conference from 2/14-18/2012. I will do two workshops, one on ep32q for the Brevia Kit, and the other on 328eForth for Arduino Uno. In addition, I will do three short talks on 'Fun with eForth': Chart of the World, Mandelbrot Fractals, and Graphic Haikus. I have talked about these in our previous SVFIG meetings, so people might be bored if I repeated them." About 50 attendees are expected.
CH Ting

Forth
FIG Who's Who
Forth for the IBM 1130
My history with Forth & stack machines
Introduction to Thoughtful Programming and the Forth Philosophy
Computers
Software
GIMP - GNU Image Manipulation Program
Speedtest.net - Test your network connection
LLVM Compiler Infrastructure
LyX - The Document Processor
Acronis True Image
smartmontools - two utility programs to control and monitor SMART storage systems
GSmartControl - hard disk drive health inspection tool for Win/Mac/Linux
Hardware
DE0-Nano Development and Education Board - $80
FS Forth boards (FS Forth is the name of the company - they do not use Forth)
Benchtop Oscilloscopes below 100 MHz
Forth Programming Books
"Real Time Forth" by Tim Hendtlass - pdf - postscript
Forth Books
Articles
Analyzing Carrier IQ Profiles
IBNIZ - a hardcore audiovisual virtual machine and an esoteric programming language
Forth Works with Embedded Systems
Stores
Robots
Games
Companies
Forth Jobs - submitted by Dennis Ruffer
Staff Software / Firmware Engineer - Exar - Fremont, CA
Intern - SIE Software Test Development Engineer - Seagate - Longmont, CO
Lectures
People
GreenArrays
Surplus Houses
Marlin P. Jones & Associates, Inc.
All Electronics Corporation
Surplus Electronics and Equipment for Amateur Scientists
Surplus Computers
Meetings
Videos
Books
Art of Computer Programming - Don Knuth
Other
Kestrel & Preen - Sam Falvo
The Program!
"Human readable" form of the Kestrel-2 source code for Preen 1A
Handheld Oscilloscopes
THS3000 Series- Data Sheet
THS3014 from Mouser
DSO203 Nano V2 Quad Pocket Digital 2 Mb USB Storage Oscilloscope - $200
Saelig PC-based Oscilloscopes
5 Mhz Mixed Signal Scope Adapter for Apple iOS - $298
Xprotolab 200kHz 2-channel DIP-Size Mixed Signal Scope - $49

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