Monday, November 30, 2009

Problem with libssl-dev while installing Virtuoso Universal Server open source edition in Ubuntu 8.04

While installing Virtuoso Universal Server's open source edition in Ubuntu 8.04 I faced the following problem when I ran the configure utility:

checking validity of the OpenSSL headers in /usr... configure: error: bad. Check config.log for details

The solution is to install libssl-dev which can be done as root as the following:

apt-get install libssl-dev

Then I ran make and make install without any problem.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Web Calendar and Desktop Notifier?

I am looking for a good web calendar and a desktop notifier for it. I know there are couple of excellent web calendars out there like Google Calendar, Windows Live Calendar etc. But none of them has a good desktop notifier. In fact, I could not find any notifier for them. The motivation for not having a desktop notifier for Google Calendar is obvious. Google wants to move everything to the cloud and a desktop notifier for its calendar will be counter-intuitive to that. But I was expecting something from Microsoft as it proposes such a paradigm in its Software + Services strategy site. Though Outlook and Windows Live Mail both can access the calendar, there is not standalone notifier which will run at start up and show and notify upcoming events. Probably there are one or more desktop gadgets out there which I could not find. Can anyone help me in this regard?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Transparency International published Corruption Perceptions Index 2009

Congratulations to Bangladesh for improving its rank! From last year's position 147, it moved to 139 this year. This is a result of its improvement in CPI score. This year it rose to 2.4 from last year's 2.1. I hope this improvement is real i.e. not not result of a mistake at any stage of the ranking process. You can find the full list here: