September 2010 Meeting Notes

Compiled by Dave Jaffe

Contributions from Kevin Appert and others


Rendezvous at Starbucks
Kevin Appert will be at Starbucks for a few minutes at the corner of El Camino Real and Stanford Ave. in Palo Alto. The address is 2000 El Camino Real. It's far enough away so that it won't be affected by the Rally crowd.


Electric Car Rally and Show at Palo Alto High School
The 38th Annual EV Rally will have production and converted electric vehicles on display (some available for test rides or ride-alongs). They'll also have EV component suppliers, solar panel vendors, local clean air organizations, and a solar oven display.

Photos by Wojciech A. Koszek on Kodak Gallery


We will rendezvous at the Village Cheese House across the street in the Town and Country shopping plaza. It will probably be crowded by noon! There are maps around the shopping center. The Cheese House is at the far corner of the property, farthest from the two major cross streets. Some may choose alternative venues (Hobee's or Kirk's Steakburgers).

Make your way to Stanford


Introductions, Announcements, Discussions, Rumors, and Gossip - All Assembled
This month we'll go around the room and each introduce ourselves. If you've read something interesting, tell us about it!


Preview: Forth Meets SmallTalk - Doug Hoffman
Doug will try out the Skype link and give us a quick look at an ANS Forth object extension which he'll present at the October SVFIG meeting.


Interesting Items - Volume 15 - Dave Jaffe
Dave will continue his survey of interesting newly-introduced microcontrollers, I/O peripherals, sensors, products, and gadgets that can provide useful and unique capabilities to Forth embedded systems. If anyone has come across anything that fits this category, pass it/them along to him for inclusion in his presentation.

Slides - 158 Kb pdf file




Porting Gforth to eCos - John E. Harbold
John will give us a quick update on his efforts. eCos is the embedded configurable operating system. It is open source, POSIX-compliant, real-time, multi-threaded with your choice of scheduler.

John wasn't able to present this.


Microcontroller Peripheral Bus (MPB) - Samuel A. Falvo II
Sam will describe a set of challenges involved in having a mix of slow and fast devices on a bus. The solution he's investigating will support easy and cheap development of peripherals by hobbyists. It turns out, quite by accident, the structure of MPB resembles NuBus, and is similarly CPU-independent, so it has the side-effect of enabling professionals to make high-bandwidth peripherals too.



Video of "Unsuitable 1.0: The World's First Blog Engine Written in Forth" - Samuel A. Falvo II
An orbital overview of Unsuitable presented as a tech-talk at the Ning, Inc. headquarters in Palo Alto. I also cover the rudiments of Forth for the benefit of those only familiar with contemporary languages. Some performance metrics are discussed as well.

We didn't watch it, but you can here.


Clean up



Other items:

Delta Forth .NET 1.3 - Forth compiler for the .NET platform
Forth-based FPGA development environment
GNU Fortran
Watfor 77 Compiler - it is supposed to be on this page
Open Watcom
Jalbum - Java-based web photo publishing
Beagle CAN, SPI, USB bus analyzers
Marvell's Plug Computer - Wikipedia - Gizmodo
Seagate FreeAgent Dockstar - Internet-connected storage device - $40
Surplus Computers
Weird Stuff
Action Computer & Surplus
Anchor Electronics - History
Forth Jobs
Test Generator Technologies (Santa Clara), Hardware Development Technician
Fry's ad in Mercury News
How to PowerPoint Like a Pro
The Work of Edward Tufte
Unique Security Features for Slot Machine
Sam Falvo's blog
Unsuitable Performance Metrics

Meeting Announcement

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