Next Meeting:
Saturday, April 28th

Cogswell College
1175 Bordeaux Dr.
Rooms 197A and 197B
Sunnyvale, CA

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Wireless Internet access is anticipated (though not guaranteed) at Cogswell, so bring your wifi.

Meeting Agenda

When attending SVFIG meetings, please be aware that Cogswell College now secures its doors on weekends. There will be an SVFIG member stationed at the door from 10am to 10:15am to let in recognized attendees. If you are attending an SVFIG meeting for the first time, please bring along a printout of the agenda to identify your interest in Forth and 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 let any strangers past the Cogswell doors. Those who are authorized to be inside have key-cards.

10:00 --- Coffee and Tea
10:15 --- Multi-Track MIDI - CH Ting
"MIDI can play a number of tracks simultaneously. This way you can get a full orchestra running with many instruments, each playing a track. I will talk about how to program multi-track MIDI, and the file structure which holds several tracks. I will play a few pieces for your entertainment."
Noon --- Lunch
Some folks bring their lunch, some folks go to Togos.
13:30 --- Introductions, announcements, rumors, random access
14:00 --- Cool Stuff at the Embedded Systems Conference - Dave Jaffe
Dave will describe some of the cool products that impressed him at the recent Embedded Systems Conference.
14:45 --- Break
15:00 --- Meeting Venue - Kevin Appert
"Cogswell suits me fine, but some might prefer TechShop and Ting has suggested Gospel Operation International in Burlingame. Nobody seems willing to discuss it on the SVFIG list, so we'll talk about it at the meeting."
15:20 --- Book Review and Discussion - All in attendance
We will discuss a new book by Lisa Simone, If I Only Changed the Software, Why is the Phone on Fire? Embedded Debugging Methods Revealed in Technical Mysteries for Engineers.

"This new book manages the unthinkable - it conveys crucial technical information to engineers without boring them to tears! In this unique reference, expert embedded designer Lisa Simone provides the solutions to typical embedded software debugging problems from a fresh new perspective. She introduces a team of engineers who readers will recognize from their own workplaces, and then confronts them with real-world debugging scenarios of progressive complexity, drawing the reader into the 'mysteries' with their new fictional colleagues, and guiding them step-by-step toward successful solutions."

15:40 --- Planning for the May Meeting - All in Attendance
Think of something for next month. This means you!
16:00 --- Adjourn

Coming to SVFIG soon:

  • Tour of TechShop is tentatively planned for June
  • Propeller Forth
  • A representative from Gumstix will be contacted for a possible May presentation.
  • Bring your speaker and topic suggestions to every meeting!
  • Your input for November's Forth Day is always welcomed.

If you have anything you'd like to talk about in April,
please contact Kevin Appert.

Meeting Notes