[svfig-announce] Meeting April 25, 2009

Kevin Appert forther at comcast.net
Thu Apr 23 02:02:18 BST 2009

--- SVFIG Meeting April 25, 2009  ---

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Thanks for your responses to my "discontinuing the email announcement"
note.  I'll continue as-is for now.

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Stanford will be our regular venue.

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Please note that the times are not cast in concrete!  We might go a
little long or short on any agenda item.  If you're desperate to see
something at a particular time, please let us know!

We'll be on the fifth floor of Terman Engineering Center --- Room 556
Directions and map links are below.

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10:15 --- ESC, Cool Products, Maker Faire --- An Unmoderated Panel of 
Experts (AUPOE)
We'll discuss what we saw, what we're going to see, and how much money 
Micro$oft spent.

11:40 --- LUNCH
To avoid the "noon lemming effect" we'll go to lunch a little early.

13:00 --- Introductions, Announcements, Rumors, and Random Access

13:30 ---  A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS --- Kevin Appert
When my stocks drop, when the prez speaks, when I'm feeling sad...
I just look at the catalog from old B&B and then I don't feel so bad.

14:14 --- Break

We'll amble around on the websites and between rounds of applause for 
Dave's great work we'll make helpful suggestions.  There may be a demo 
of the long-awaited Forth Day 2009 video and discussion thereof.  Dave 
is free to nix this and if this item doesn't appear on the web agenda 
you'll know what happened.

15:00 --- BOTBASH 2000 --- Vidwo
A cheepie video of  a May 2000 robot rumble in Mesa Arizona from these 
guys:   http://www.battlebots.com/

Leftover time --- ENGINEERING TV
Fifty engineering topic channels. Four new episodes per week.  It worked
last time, and some of the stuff is pretty cool!

16:00 --- ADJORN

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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
Stanford, so bring your wi-fi enabled laptop.

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Coming to SVFIG:
* Bring speaker suggestions TO EVERY MEETING!


* Update on IntellaSys Chips - John Rible
The chips John Rible will be selling to SVFIG are in test now and
perhaps he'll be at the meeting to give us an update.

* PowerMOPS Demo --- still looking for a volunteer, if nobody steps
forward I'll do it --- Kevin Appert

* Prototyping with QFP Parts - Kevin Appert
"I saw an article in the September 2008 issue of Circuitous Cellar
entitled "Prototyping with QFP Parts". If someone tells me "that sounds
interesting" I'll break out the article into a few PowerPoint (or the
Open Office Impress equivalent) charts and traipse through it. "

* Engineering TV
Fifty engineering topic channels. Four new episodes per week.
We have to try this out to see if Stanford's WIFI will keep up.

* 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:

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Check the SVFIG web site at http://www.forth.org/svfig/
for last minute changes to this schedule.
The most up-to-date meeting information is at

Many thanks to our wonderful Webmaster, Dave Jaffe.

Preliminary agenda along with schedule updates and
discussion may frequently be found on the SVFIG email list.
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Terman Engineering Center can be found on these maps - just search for
Terman: (going to maps.google.com gives an erroneous result)


Searchable Stanford Campus Map:  http://ucomm.stanford.edu/cgi-bin/map/

There is open parking on weekends. Park in any A or C or metered space,
no coins needed even if there's a meter there.

Go to the Stanford links, Google maps has no idea where Terman is!

Once you reach Terman, take the elevator to the 5th floor. Walk across
the foyer and up the ramp just to the left of the glassed-in office.
Room 556 is at the top of the ramp - entrance on the left.

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