[svfig-announce] Meeting December 15
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Tue Dec 11 22:09:10 GMT 2007
SVFIG Meeting December 15, 2007 --- this Saturday
At Cogswell College, 1175 Bordeaux Drive, Sunnyvale, CA
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We are likely to be in our usual room - 197 A and 197 B
Marked in red on this floorplan:
Please note that due to a business trip, email server
problems and other vagaries of fate, some of the items
on this schedule have not been properly confirmed. If I
have any of the descriptions, titles or content wrong
consider it part of the exciting, informal experience of
SVFIG. In particular I was unable to close the loop
with Masa and his talk may not be happening at all.
Note that if some of the good stuff runs long, the
obvious filler will be shortened or eliminated.
09:45 --- COFFEE AND A CHAT
10:20 --- FORTH DAY 2008 --- Kevin Appert
Suggest a speaker or volunteer to speak!
10:30 --- WHAT'S WRONG WITH FORTH TODAY? --- Glen Haydon
Glen has seen the evolution of Forth since the days of the FIG model and
has some comments on the twists and turns it's taken along the way.
11:15 --- WHAT WERE WE TALKING ABOUT? --- All
We'll take up topics, seemingly at random, of technical or common
interest. Some thoughts:
HOW MUCH IS THAT PUPPY LINUX IN THE THUMB DRIVE?
Puppy is an older, interesting small Linux small enough to boot from a
thumb drive. Or was it Damn Small Linux? Are there better, more modern
thumb-drive implementations? How does one find, download and install?
How big a drive do you need? A brief tutorial on installing Feisty Fawn
Ubuntu will be presented.
THE ALLEN TELESCOPE ARRAY
There is a "phased array" of 42 - 6 meter radio telescopes just north of
Mount Lason. Maybe Ed will come and talk about it in January.
HOW FAST IS IT, ANYWAY? --- Is Firewire faster? USB 2.0?
REPAIR AND RESTORE USING LIVE CDs --- you can restore the bootstrap on a
hard disk, reset the password, diagnose network problems and a million
other things. We'll talk about the Bootable Business Card, Finnix, and
NOON --- LUNCH
Some folks bring their lunch, some folks go to Togos.
13:00 --- INTRODUCTIONS, ANNOUNCEMENTS, RUMORS, RANDOM ACCESS
13:15 THE OBJECT-ORIENTED ANALYSIS OF MORSE CODE TO TEXT --- John E. Harbold
John will present his very preliminary work (no PowerPoint slides),
carrying on the Morse Code theme from Forth Day. The problem of Morse
Code to text will be analyzed using the Executable UML method of Mellor
& Balcer. The problem will be broken into manageable objects and the
relationships between the individual objects. Objects can be passive or
active. Passive objects are those that just have data and methods that
access them. On the other hand, active objects have one state machine
that responds to events. This will be only analysis, no design or
implementation will be discussed.
14:00 THE SVFIG FILM FESTIVAL
SHANNON SYSTEMS, FUNDS TRANSFER IN FORTH --- Larry Miller
In 1986 Shannon Systems was a start-up doing a dial-up modem secure
(encrypted) funds transfer system. This was a pretty ambitious project,
and the software was entirely FORTH-based. Two "Famous FORTHers", whom
old-timers will remember, Mitch Derick and Linda Baker, did major tasks
on this project. Larry will describe the system and show video from
"Completion Day" and "Demo Day".
MASA's CLIP --- Masa Kasahara
Masa has a clip he'd like to show us, at press time it wasn't clear what
it was or if he'll have time to prepare.
We'll look for videos of Forth Day and other Forthish stuff on the web.
Old TV appearances, You-Tube, Google Video, are all fair game. Maybe
highlights from Forth Day 2007.
YOU'LL BE EATEN BY A GRUE --- M.C. Frontalot
We'll carefully analyze all the text-adventure references in the "It's
Pitch Dark" video.
16:00 --- ADJORN
The schedule above may be reformatted or line-justified but
please transmit verbatim or not at all. Any font you like is
alright with me.
No Newsgroup posts or other media distribution this month please!
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Wireless Internet access is anticipated (though not guaranteed)
at Cogswell, so bring your wifi.
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Coming to SVFIG SOON:
* Bring speaker suggestions TO EVERY MEETING!
* PLANNING FORTH DAY 2008 - EVERY MEETING
* Andy Korsak has been working on accessing sound cards from
Forth for amateur radio applications. His preliminary
work is posted at the Win32Forth Yahoo group under
files/users/korsak. Membership is required to see the files.
If you don't want to jump through the hoops, Dave has posted
a recent version of the files here:
* The world's second Babbage Engine is coming to town. Maybe
we can have a meeting at the Computer History Museum and have
a look. Ting should have an E-Forth written for it by then.
Check the SVFIG web site at http://www.forth.org/svfig/
for last minute changes to this schedule.
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