June 2007 Meeting Notes

Compiled by Dave Jaffe

Contributions from Kevin Appert and others


Surplus Computers Parking Lot Sale
This is at their new warehouse location, not at the site of their old retail store!
27 Bonaventura Dr., San Jose, CA  95134
(Off Interstate Highway 101, cross streets are Trimble & First Street.)


Coffee and a Chat
The talks will begin at 11am to accommodate those who want to go to the Surplus Computers parking lot sale. Coffee will be served at Cogswell for those who want to have a cup and a chat.


F# Revisited - CH Ting
Ting will discuss the various functions of his current F# Forth implementation and the problems he's seen with it . He's pondering revisions and will explore the direction the project is headed. He is eager for discussion, critique, and input before he proceeds.

"Attached is the tutorial of Mandelbrot plots on F#. I added the floating point computations and more comments. I think it will be useful for those who want to make use of F# in Windows."
Regards, Ting


Some folks bring their lunch, some folks go to Togos.


Introductions, announcements, rumors, and random access


Minimal Instruction Set Computers: A Tale of Quirky Little Machines - Don Roberts
"Over the years Moore and Ting have developed instruction sets that carefully balance a minimalist philosophy against the needs of program development and efficient execution. Practicality aside, what's the minimum number of instructions needed to support universal computation? Rather than theory, I'll discuss a couple of examples including an actual machine built in the late 1960s with only 8 opcodes."

Powerpoint slides - 224 Kb
Wikipedia article: One instruction set computer




Shareware, Freeware, and Trialware - All Assembled
Bring in the name of your favorite bit of download. Anything from violin tuners to packet sniffers is fair game.


Discussion of presentation ideas for the July SVFIG meeting
This means you!



Other items:

Ultra-Slim Wireless Presentation and Multimedia Remote
Computer Documents Archive by Al Kossow

Meeting Announcement

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