Saturday, April 25th

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 April 2009

10:00 --- Coffee and a Chat

10:15 --- ESC, Cool Product Expo, Maker Faire - An Unmoderated Panel of Experts
We'll discuss what we saw, what we're going to see, and how much money Micro$oft spent.

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

13:30 --- Vendor of the Month - Kevin Appert
A look at B&B Electronic's online catalog.

14:14 --- Break

14:33 --- FIG and SVFIG websites - An Unmoderated Panel of Experts
We'll amble around on the websites and between rounds of applause for Dave's great work we'll make helpful suggestions. There may be a demo of the long-awaited Forth Day 2008 video and discussion thereof.

15:00 --- Bot Bash 2000
A cheepie video of a May 2000 robot rumble in Mesa, AZ

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!

16:00 --- 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.

PowerMOPS Demo
Looking for a volunteer to present this.

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 April meeting,
please contact Kevin Appert.

Meeting Notes