Next Meeting -
Saturday, May 24th

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 available at the meeting location at Stanford, so bring your wi-fi enabled laptop.

Meeting Agenda for May

10:30 --- Coffee and a Chat

10:40 --- Forth Day 2008
Suggest a speaker or volunteer to speak!

11:00 --- SP2 - Hardware, Software, and so: Forth - John Rible
The Extensible SP2 FPGA Forth Processor illustrates hardware as well as software factoring. We'll wander through the layers and maybe run some code. Note: the hardware platform is Actel's low power Igloo $350 demo board.

Noon --- Lunch
Some folks bring their lunch, some will eat on-campus or nearby.

13:30 --- Introductions, Announcements, Rumors, Random Access

14:00 --- Cool Stuff at the Maker Faire & Babbage Engine - Dave Jaffe
Dave will describe, through photos, some of the devices and sights that impressed him at this month's Maker Faire and show some images he took of the Babbage Engine at the Computer History Museum.

15:00 --- Random Access - All in attendance
Will it be random or just pseudo-random? We always find something to talk about.

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 on ForthDay:

  • IRC using wget in GForth - George Perry

Coming to SVFIG in the future (hopefully):

  • 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.

  • Tentative - June Meeting in San Mateo at the home of CH Ting

Please register your interest for these topics:

  • Viewing of Analog by Design shows hosted by Bob Pease - list of shows
  • 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 on news:comp.lang.forth
  • Review and discussion of interesting Forth projects and many files at the Yahoo Win32Forth Group

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 Propeller 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 classes.

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

Meeting Notes