Saturday, March 28th

Stanford University
Terman Engineering Center
Room 556

Terman Engineering Center can be found on these maps - just search for Terman: Google map or Searchable Stanford Campus Map

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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Wireless Internet access is anticipated (though not guaranteed) at Stanford, so bring your wi-fi enabled laptop.

Meeting Agenda for March 2009

10:00 --- Coffee and a Chat

10:15 --- eForth System in C - CH Ting
"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
Lunch on-campus. 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."

"The fax 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 8th,"
(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
Fifty engineering 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 - John Rible
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 - Kevin Appert
This presentation will be based on an article in the September 2008 issue of Circuit Cellar entitled "Prototyping with QFP Parts".

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 Win32Forth group (membership required), or here.

Please register your interest for these topics:

If you have anything you'd like to talk about for the March meeting,
please contact Kevin Appert.

Meeting Notes