Next Meeting:
Saturday, October 22nd

Cogswell College
1175 Bordeaux Dr.
Sunnyvale, CA

Bring your laptop computer and wireless card for free on-site
Internet access at Cogswell during the meeting!

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Starbucks Coffee, Tea, Bagels, and Pastries


A Stroll through Nifty Websites - Kevin Appert

Kevin will guide us through some interesting websites. Feel free to browse them before the meeting.

Google Earth – Explore, Search, and Discover
"Billed as the 3D Interface to our planet. Some areas such as Camp David may be blurry, some others may not."
"Yellow pages on steroids with pictures of the storefronts and what's down the street."
"Map with pictures of many places' storefronts - most of San Francisco and all of downtown Palo Alto."
"Never go anyplace without satellite imagery of your destination - maps, satellite reconnaissance, and satellite images with maps overlay."


Lunch - options include: Togos, Waiters on Wheels, or bring your own


Introductions, Announcements, Rumors, Gossip, and Random Discussions

Potential discussion items include: SVFIG meeting schedule, and future speaker / topic suggestions.


Forth Day is coming in November!

Please consider giving a short presentation and suggest other potential speakers.


Review of RoboNexus 2005 - Dave Jaffe and Kevin Appert

Dave and Kevin will show photos from the event and describe all the interesting hardware and software that was on display.


Ear Training Project - Kevin Appert

Kevin will solicit people to work on this project. Implementation options include using the motherboard "beep" timer or SwiftForth Sound Card Interface.


Panel Discussion - Kevin Appert

Recently, an attempt was made to elevate a particular result in the order in which Google presents its search results. So far, there has been no success. Do some research and bring some ideas on how to "stuff the ballot box" at Google.

Time permitting

Random Access Topics - All in attendance


Possible Beers and Dinner
Venues include Tied House in Mountain View.

Please register your interest for these future meeting topics:

  • Forth Success Stories - look at the ones on FIG's and FORTH, Inc.'s webpages and bring your own!
  • TI's free SPICE distribution
  • Name that antenna
  • Introduction to Linux
  • George Perry's experiences installing Linux
  • Linux installation party
  • Smart Dust
  • Math Secrets of Mosaic Industries' QED-Forth
  • Robot Parts and Pieces - vendor(s) from the 2004 RoboNexus show
  • misc8051 Forth - Charley Shattuck
  • Smart Dust
  • SVFIG meeting or meeting fragments as Webcast
  • Space-rated Forth chip
  • Forth-based mass-market appliance computers - Canon Cat and/or QX10

SVFIG welcomes everyone's participation at its monthly meetings. There are many ways you can contribute:

  • bring in a hardware or software item to discuss,
  • present a topic in your area of expertise,
  • discuss a book, paper, website, new product, new application, or an article in Forthwrite, or
  • talk about your current project.

If you would like to present at an SVFIG meeting, contact Kevin Appert.

Meeting Notes

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