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Re: [Fsuk-manchester] MFS Meeting. Tue, 20 Oct. Talk: "PIC, Arduino/AVR

From: Michael Dorrington
Subject: Re: [Fsuk-manchester] MFS Meeting. Tue, 20 Oct. Talk: "PIC, Arduino/AVR and FPGA with Free Software"
Date: Mon, 19 Oct 2015 19:06:18 +0100
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Reminder that this is tomorrow (Tuesday) at 7pm.

On 09/10/15 19:51, Michael Dorrington wrote:
> Please feel free to forward this to those that would welcome it.
> * Event: Manchester Free Software's October Meeting
> * Talk: PIC, Arduino and FPGA with Free Software
> * Speaker: Michael Dorrington
> * Date: Tuesday, 20th October 2015 (3rd Tuesday of the month)
> * Start time: 19:00
> * Finish time: 20:30 (and then on for drinks)
> * Location: Madlab. (Manchester Digital Laboratory).
>   - http://madlab.org.uk/
> * Address: 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester. M4 1HN.
>   - Opposite "Common" on Edge Street, Northern Quarter.
>   - http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=19/53.48413/-2.23639
> == Details ==
> The purpose of Manchester Free Software is to promote the Free Software
> philosophy.
> Every meeting we start with an opportunity for informal key signing.
> For an explanation of what this is about see:
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key_signing_party
> The main part of the meeting will be a talk.
> The talk will be on the PIC, Arduino, AVR and FPGA.  These are
> electronic devices that are often programmed to do a specific task.  The
> workflow is a program is written to do the task in a language/form that
> then needs to be converted to the binary form that the device accepts
> (even assembler is assembled into machine code).  After this binary has
> been produced it then needs to uploaded to the device.  Additionally,
> the device itself might require an alterable software bootloader to be
> installed on it so that it then accept programs.  The talk will
> investigate each device type as to whether it has the required Free
> Software tools.
> * https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PIC_microcontroller
> * https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arduino
> * https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atmel_AVR
> * https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field-programmable_gate_array
> If you have experience of programming PICs, Arduinos, AVRs or FPGAs with
> Free Software then please consider giving a lightning talk at the meeting.
> == After-meeting ==
> The meeting will be followed by informal discussion and socialising in
> the Terrace (which is next door to Madlab).  There are soft drinks
> available and there is no pressure to consume alcohol.
> == Location ==
> The meeting will take place at the usual venue of Madlab, details above.
> == Transport ==
> === Parking ===
> Around the venue there are parking meter bays that become zero cost
> after 8pm on Tuesday so you will have to pay up until then and the
> maximum stay is 2 hours BUT MAKE SURE YOU VERIFY ALL THIS on parking.
> There are paid parking lots around the venue, they are marked by a blue
> P in this OpenStreetMap centred on Madlab
> <http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=15/53.4843/-2.2365>.  Most of those
> parking lots are owned by NCP <http://www.ncp.co.uk/>.
> If you can’t decide otherwise then park in Manchester Arndale
> <http://www.manchesterarndale.com/directions.aspx>.
> === Public Transport ===
> Manchester Victoria (MCV) train station, Shudehill tram and bus station,
> and Manchester Piccadilly bus station are all fairly close to Madlab,
> see OpenStreetMap centred on Madlab
> <http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=15/53.4843/-2.2365>.
> Manchester Piccadilly (MAN) train station and Manchester Central Coach
> Station are not too far away either.
> == More Information ==
> Information about Manchester Free Software can be found on the
> Manchester Free Software pages on LibrePlanet
> <https://libreplanet.org/wiki/Manchester>.
> Regards,
> Mike.
> MFS Chair.

FSF member #9429
"The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a nonprofit with a worldwide
mission to promote computer user freedom and to defend the rights of all
free software users."

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