[svfig-announce] Meeting September 25, 2010 -- off-site in AM
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Fri Sep 24 02:11:43 BST 2010
--- SVFIG Meeting, Fourth Saturday, September 25 2010 ---
*** BLDG. 550 WILL NOT BE ACCESSIBLE ***
***TO SVFIG UNTIL AFTER LUNCH!***
MEET US AT THE ELECTRIC CAR RALLY
*** AFTER LUNCH, THE MEETING PLACE IS SAME AS LAST MONTH ***
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(aka Peterson Building. Directions and map links are below.
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At each lull in the action, between talks or before breaks we will be
inviting folks to give short 5-10 minute 'quickies'. If you'd like to
tell us about something, let Kevin know at the meeting and we'll reserve
the time for you or take your chances that nobody else will grab the slot.
09:50 --- RENDEZVOUS AT STARBUCKS
Kevin Appert will be at Starbucks for a few minutes at the corner of El
Camino Real and Stanford Ave. in Palo Alto. The address is 2000 El
Camino Real. Kevin's cell phone is 650.678.0532
It's far enough away so that it won't be affected by the Rally crowd.
10:00 --- Electric Car Rally and Show at Palo Alto High School
The 38th Annual EV Rally will have production and converted electric
vehicles on display (some available for test rides or ride-alongs).
They'll also have EV component suppliers, solar panel vendors, local
clean air organizations, and a solar oven display.
Be aware of Rule 6: All two-wheel EV riders must wear helmets (we
recommend you bring your own helmet if you think you'll be trying out
two-wheel EVs, though vendors will have a few helmets available).
And Rule 7: No poofters.
11:45 --- LUNCH
We will rendezvous at The Village Cheese House across the street
in the Town and Country shopping plaza. It will probably be crowded by
There are maps around the shopping center. The Cheese House is at
the far corner of the property, farthest from the two major cross
streets. Call Kevin at 650.678.0532 if you can't find it.
Some may choose alternative venues (Hobee's, Kirk's Steakburgers).
13:00 --- INTRODUCTIONS, ANNOUNCEMENTS, DISCUSSION --- All Assembled
This month we'll go around the room and each introduce ourselves. If
you've read something interesting, tell us about it!
13:30 --- PREVIEW: FORTH MEETS SMALLTALK --- Doug Hoffman
Doug will try out the Skype link and give us a quick look at an ANS
Forth object extension which he'll describe at the October meeting.
See Doug's bio here: http://www.forth.org/whoswho.html#doughoffman
14:00 --- Interesting Items - Volume 15 --- 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 it/them
along to him for inclusion in his presentation.
14:20 --- Break
14:30 --- Gforth on eCos --- John Harbold
John will give a give an update on his porting effort of Gforth to eCos.
eCos is the embedded configurable operating system. It is open
source, POSIX-compliant, real-time, multi-threaded with your choice of
15:00 --- MPB: A MICROCONTROLLER PERIPHERAL BUS --- Samuel A. Falvo
Sam will describe a set of challenges involved in having a mix of slow
and fast devices on a bus. The solution he's investigating will support
easy and cheap development of peripherals by hobbyists. It turns out,
quite by accident, the structure of MPB resembles NuBus, and is
similarly CPU-independent, so it has the side-effect of enabling
professionals to make high-bandwidth peripherals too.
15:30 --- UNSUITABLE FOR CIVILIANS --- Samuel A. Falvo
(If time allows)
An orbital overview of Unsuitable presented as a tech-talk at the
Ning, Inc. headquarters in Palo Alto. I also cover the rudiments of
Forth for the benefit of those only familiar with contemporary
languages. Some performance metrics are discussed as well.
This talk will be available for download from the SVFIG website so if we
don't get to it, you can watch it on your own.
15:55 --- Clean up before you go!
16:00 --- Ok, now you can go.
Please note that the times listed above are precise but not necessarily
accurate. We might go a little long or short on any agenda item or
shuffle things on the fly with abandon. If you're desperate to see
something at a particular time, please let us know! Remember that there
are bugs in any non-trivial SVFIG meeting announcement.
The schedule above may be reformatted or line-justified but
please transmit verbatim or not at all. Any font you like is
fine with me.
No Newsgroup posts or other media distribution this month please!
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Email Dave Jaffe <dljaffe at stanford.edu> to request a one day
guest account if you didn't have one last month.
Coming to SVFIG:
* FORTH DAY in November 2010!
* Bring speaker suggestions TO EVERY MEETING!
* Mitch Bradley's Forth in C (somebody needs to volunteer)
* Blast from the past - a discussion of John James' CRC from his Xmodem
implementation as enunciated in "Forth Dimensions".
* Furthering the Cause of Forth - John Rible
IntellaSys has imploded, or something. We'd be pleased to hear about
John's new outreach project when formulated.
* Engineering TV
Fifty engineering topic channels. Four new episodes per week.
Check the SVFIG web site at http://www.forth.org/svfig/
for last minute changes to this schedule.
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