[svfig-announce] SVFIG Meeting - March 26
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SVFIG Meeting Agenda for Saturday, March 26, 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 --- THE PROJECT
The further adventures of the Doctor Ting and the amazing
Forth-based Low-cost digital oscilloscope. The tingARM boards came back
and Ting is laying out the first DSO board now, and he hopes to show it in
Ting talked about PA7540 PLD chip from Anachip last time. It burns
too much current and is not suitable for a portable application. I found
that Atmel ATF750CL is pin compatible with similar logic, but consumes
much less power. I will talk about this chip and show some simulation results.
Ting is working on PSPICE, and trying to simulate the entire DSO
circuitry, analog and digital parts. Note there is a free student version
of PSPICE Version 9.1 from OrCAD which was bought up by Cadence. Links
will be posted on the SVFIG website.
12:00 --- LUNCH & Dilbert Film Festival
Togo's across the street or bring your own.
Dilbert DVDs will be shown during lunch to test out the DVD
player. It'll be on for a couple of minutes to test, then continued IFF
there is anyone watching and none object.
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?
1:30 --- Gary Feierbach --- CAUSALITY, THE ILLIAC AND ME
Gary will regale us with tales of his career and the projects with
and without Forth that have marked milestones on his life's journey. From
his early work with the Illiac IV (some show and tell and amusing stories)
...through his days at Inner Access (where everything went wrong at
once), then Intergraph, Sun, Racer Graphics and finally Apple ...
...to his current endeavors (http://www.inneraccess.com)* including
a foray into the arts. (A video of a clock he constructed will be shown.)
We'll want to hear Gary's take on where Forth went right and wrong
and what could be better.
*Please note that the InnerAccess URL represents Gary's current endeavor
and not the InnerAccess of the old days "where everything went wrong at once"
Have a look at this -->
And this -->
The rest is left as an exercise for the student.
3:00 --- Panel Discussion --- The Embedded Systems Conference
Where there any booths really mobbed? Anything to make you say WOW?
Good T shirts?
Lots of I-Pods.
Got Zigbee? www.zigbee.org
All this and an in-depth review of Scott Adams' keynote.
5:00 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:
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?
Al Mitchell, Forth-Based Ethernet Gadgets http://www.amresearch.com/
Tour of Computer History Museum at new digs http://www.computerhistory.org/
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
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