Toshiba 1115-S103 – issues

It's amazing what group efforts can help you accomplish:
Several people have report problems with there 1115-s103 screens going blank. One of our members reported that it is caused by loose wires in the backlight system. My s103 was finally bit by this problem today. I am wondering how widespread of an issue this is and if it is a product defect. Maybe we should try the number of people who have run into this problem. If you also have this issue with your s103, please post in our forums. Here are links to the Blank Screen discussions:

The unofficial page for Toshiba Satellite 1115 S103

Display problems

Fixing Toshiba laptops at service centers

Hardware analysis

Interesting startups

Start-ups based in my hometown – Pune:

So who got funded in the fourth quarter in 2004? Here are some of the start-ups I thought were interesting!

* KXen – About: KXEN (Knowledge Extraction Engines) is a global analytic software company that provides advanced analytics to be embedded in existing enterprise applications and business processes. KXEN makes cutting-edge data mining technology available to both business decision makers and data mining professionals. KXEN provides them with more accurate, timely and actionable information. Customers will have the ability to understand, predict, manage and influence through a better knowledge of the information contained in their corporate data.

* Ironport systems – Powered by IronPort’s SenderBase, the Industry’s first and largest email traffic monitoring network, IronPort’s new Threat Operations Center Report, now offers an unprecedented view into global email activity.

About: IronPort Systems has become the leading email infrastructure products and services provider as Global 2000 companies race to replace out-dated, non-secure, non-scalable, and costly messaging infrastructures. IronPort has developed a family of products called Messaging Gateway appliances that offer breakthrough performance, unprecedented ease of use, and reduced total cost of ownership.

* Laszlog Systems – Software platform to enable next generation Web applications.

* SugarCRM – Open Source CRM software
They lived off Yahoo’s Instant Messenger, enjoying free phone calls via its Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) offering. They worked out of their homes, chatting through the night on their headsets via their VOIP hookup. They met once a week at a small office borrowed from the SDForum, a software development group in San Jose.

By June, they had launched a test version, and had 1,000 people downloading the software. Roberts hit the pavement at Sand Hill Road to raise money from VCs. “I was a total neophyte.” He felt crazy pitching a company called Sugar, especially since few open source applications had been funded. “We were freakin’ nuts, burning through our savings.”
complete article

This research is courtesy of Mercury News – startup watch

More to come…

Sockets are perenially in CLOSE_WAIT

TCP/IP sockets in CLOSE_WAIT state on a Web server …[IBM]

TCP Connection States and Netstat Output[Microsoft]

Tomcat bug database: Bug 28727
We use Tomcat 5.018/5.0.19 in a mission critical application. Every second or
third try specific connections fail. Tomcat then seems to be unable to close
the connections, although the client already has terminated its session (and
shutdown his computer). Within Tomcat the connections are left
as “CLOSE_WAIT”. (=> netstat -a)

As soon as one connection shows up as “CLOSE_WAIT”, the connection-thread
begins to loop (seems as if select is no more blocking) and starts to eat up
cpu power. When two or three threads are in the state “CLOSE_WAIT”, Tomcat
performance slows down until the non-blocking “CLOSE_WAIT”-threads are
consuming everything.

We have to shutdown Tomcat then.

What is happening here? Is there a workaround available? What about the CLOSE-
WAIT-connections (they are all issued via mobile clients via GPRS)

We tried both Tomcat 5.0.19 and 5.0.18. Same situation.

Windows 2000/XP, Service Packs applied; Apache 2.0.47, Mode_JK2, JDK1.4.2_03
and JDK 1.4.2_04 (tried both, both SUN)

Reverse engineering Google Maps, Gmail and so on…

It only seems fit to blog all the recent efforts to reverse engineer these rich web applications. The interest in client-side processing is very justified. This is a natural evolutionary process for web applications and I am surprised that this did not happen quicker.

To quickly summarise the core idea – to push logic (javascript/XSLT) across to the client, acheive the objective of carrying out as much UI generation and processing on the client-side as possible. Frequency of visits back to the hosting server are cut down. This has a very desirable side-effect of cutting down on the ‘refresh’s’ the user experiences on his browser. The web application begins to feel and behave a lot like the desktop application.

How would you say this affects the wireless space? The frugal use of bandwidth is a very valid motivation for WML-based applications to follow a similar architecture.

WML Scripting

Has anyone heard of a Wiclet?

Jon Udell – Google Maps pushes the envelope. Click article
But wait, there�s more. If you append the term �output=xml� to any Google Maps URL, the server will send back an XML packet. APIs? We don�t need no stinking APIs. In 20 minutes I was able to build a proof-of-concept app — made from snippets of HTML, JavaScript, and XSLT — that accepts city names or ZIP codes and displays information about local businesses. (Unfortunately, the XML feature has since been disabled.)

Try Google suggest!

Migrants’ woes in Dubai worker camps

More people ought to know about this:

[BBC] Original Article

This portion I found particularly horrific:
Regis Johns is the manager of the company that brought Venkatesan and his colleagues from India. I asked him why the salaries had not been paid.

“Our company has gone through certain financial crises for the past one and a half years,” he says. “We said we’d definitely pay them. In fact, we offered them two months’ salary the day before yesterday.”

Mr Johns admits the company holds all its employees’ passports – a common practice in the UAE even though it is illegal.

It is also illegal for workers to strike, which means the employees of Mr Johns’ company are being asked to work without pay and without the documents to return home.

But Mr Johns rejects any notion that this amounts to slave labour.

“We’re against any kind of slavery system here,” he says.

“I can show you the document they signed before coming here, which states the hourly rate, the terms and conditions of the systems out here. They willingly sign this – and only then do we process their visas to come.”

Mr Johns denied the company kept employees in the country against their will and said it was working hard to find the money for the missing salaries.