[svfig-announce] *** 5th Saturday *** SVFIG Meeting - April 30th
*** 5th Saturday ***
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Wed Apr 20 14:19:32 PDT 2005
****** This meeting will be on the 5th Saturday of April, not the 4th due
to other activities at Cogswell ******
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SVFIG Meeting Agenda for Saturday, April 30, 2005
At Cogswell College, 1175 Bordeaux Drive, Sunnyvale, CA
9:45 - "A Jolly Nice Cup of Coffee" (Lionel Hardcastle from 'As Time Goes By')
10:00 - C. H. Ting --- WINSPICE AND THE DSO PROJECT
"I am getting deeper into WinSpice, which processes text files of
SPICE models, as SPICE meant to be. I've gotten good models of OpAmps and
comparitors. However, I need good digital IC models of the 74AC02, 74AC74,
and 74AC86. I can talk about these models and how to integrate them and
simulate them together. My feeling is that SPICE is a very important tool
to which we have not paid much attention. I like to get to the bottom of it."
"WinSpice deals with SPICE2 and SPICE3 text files without the GUI
interfaces of PSPICE, which often stand in the way of understanding the
"I suggest people download WinSpice and run the demos and
"For those who are really interested, I recommend this book: CMOS Circuit
Design, Test, and Simulation by R. Jacob Baker "
11:00 - Tom Gregory --- DSO BUSINESS PLAN
Tom will extend the simple business plan idea discussed at the last
meeting to include numbers. A presentation will be developed to solicit
funding for Ting's Digital Storage Oscilloscope project. The content of
these presentations are continually "evolving" - this one will be a
rough/early draft. Those in attendance will assume the role of venture
capitalists or angel investors (the nice ones!) and offer constructive
suggestions on how to improve the presentation's weak parts. Generally many
meetings are held before an investor feels comfortable enough to invest,
i.e., when the perceived risk and reward are reasonably balanced.
12:00 --- LUNCH & Dilbert Film Festival
Togo's or bring your own.
Is anyone interested in watching one of the Dilbert episodes? If
nobody speaks up, we won't bother.
1:00 INTRODUCTIONS, ANNOUNCEMENTS, RUMORS, RANDOM ACCESS
Changing to every other month? Quarterly? Annual?
What's for lunch next time? Maybe we order Armadillo Willy's via Waiters
on Wheels? Pizza?
There may be a short discussion of "The World Is Flat: A Brief History of
the 21th Century" by
New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman
1:30 - Al Mitchell --- ETHERNET GADGETS
The long-awaited presentation of AM Research's Ethernet Gadget! The device
is online most of the day at
http://www.amresearch.com:2006/hvac.html. Check out the AM Research
Website at http://www.amresearch.com/
We will discuss and settle on a process for conducting nominations
and elections. If you can't be there consider sending a proxy.
Who gets to nominate?
Who gets to vote? Will proxies be allowed?
Vote by show of hands? Paper ballot? Email?
4:00 AND THEN THERE WAS BEER AND FOOD
If you would like to present at a SVFIG meeting, email me, Kevin
Appert forther at com-you-know-the-rest.com (see the return address)
At Future Meetings:
Tour of Moffett Field Museum
Math Secrets of Mosaic: An algorithm is better than a poke in the eye
with a sharp matrix any day.
Charley Shattuck - maybe ColorForth?
Forth Day 2005 in Anaheim?
A USB Device Enumerator in SwiftForth
PID - Is it right for me?
SVFIG meeting or meeting fragments as Webcast
Kevin complaining that there are no speakers to be had
George the Robot Seller from MondoTronics (this droid speaks 237 human
languages but does no actual useful work)
What happened with the Space Rated Forth Chip? (not the Harris thing, the
Forth-based mass-market appliance computers --- Cat and/or QX10
Group excursion to "Hitchhiker's Guide" movie
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