[svfig-announce] Meeting October 27
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Thu Oct 25 01:15:28 BST 2007
SVFIG Meeting September 22, 2007 --- this Saturday
At Cogswell College, 1175 Bordeaux Drive, Sunnyvale, CA
*** SEE IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT SECURITY RULES
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Main page --> <<<http://www.cogswell.edu>>>
Directions --> <<<http://www.cogswell.edu/directions2campus.html>>>
We are likely to be in our usual room - 197 A and 197 B
Marked in red on this floorplan:
09:45 --- COFFEE AND A CHAT
10:15 --- FORTH DAY 2007 --- Kevin Appert
Suggest a speaker or volunteer to speak! Time is getting short and the
Program Chairman has been slacking off.
10:45 --- WHAT WERE WE TALKING ABOUT? --- All
We'll take up topics, seemingly at random, of technical or common
interest. This may run into the afternoon.
IS IT ME OR IS IT GNU? --- The Fedora 7 live CD distributed at a
previous meeting seems to fail the startup check. What's up with that?
HOW MUCH IS THAT PUPPY LINUX IN THE WINDOW --- 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?
VINTAGE COMPUTER FESTIVAL - Sellam Ismail
"Sam" MIGHT stop by to preview the Vintage Computer Festival to be held
at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View on November 3rd and 4th
<<<http://www.vintage.org/2007/main/>>> If he doesn't show up we'll
look at the website, discuss the agenda, and mock him behind his back.
(Dave, okay to redact)
THE ALLEN TELESCOPE ARRAY
There is a "phased array" of 42 - 6 meter radio telescopes just north of
Mount Lason. You may be able to join a car trip to tour the facility
WHAT WOULD DILBERT DO? --- Kevin's in the mood for a "new" laptop.
Should it be the Toshiba from Surplus Computer? The Thinkpad from
Tiger? Something from LapTopTek? Some other thing? You can help him
THE F-WORD IN CIRCUIT CELLAR MAGAZINE --- Bruce Ball pointed this out on
the SVFIG list. We'll discuss the use of Forth in this interesting project.
ROBO-DEVELOPMENT --- The last day of this trade expo will be Friday.
Maybe Dave will have pictures. At least we can talk about it.
HOW FAST IS IT, ANYWAY? --- Is Firewire faster? USB 2.0?
PASSWORD RESET --- Kevin has a WIN 2K machine he's trying to reset.
He'll either report on the successful method or solicit advice.
NOON --- LUNCH
Some folks bring their lunch, some folks go to Togos.
13:00 --- INTRODUCTIONS, ANNOUNCEMENTS, RUMORS, RANDOM ACCESS
13:30 --- INTERESTING ITEMS - VOLUME 9 --- 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 them along
to him for inclusion in his presentation.
14:00 --- AUDIBLE COMPUTING, PART 2.5 --- Masa Kasahara
EDITOR'S NOTE: This may be just a few words of preview of Masa's Forth
Masa will elaborate and expand on his previous talk. He will also talk
about his struggles to bring his SPARCstation 4 back to life, which he
hopes to serve as a new OpenBoot Forth System.
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
okay with me.
No Newsgroup posts or 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 - 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.
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for last minute changes to this schedule.
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