Public Service Announcement: DO NOT USE INTERNET EXPLORER!!!! Definition: MySpace [Mai' thpathe] (pronounced with a lithp), N. - 1. A shrine to Terrible teener web programming, the worst M$ driven Web2.sl0 has to offer.



Sun Microsystems was purchased by Oracle

+ = Exterior anatomy of the heart.


As some of you may or may not know, Sun Microsystems was purchased by Oracle. In this process, the encryption keys they use to validate their software repositories have changed. this will cause ubuntu updates to throw an error involving NO_PUBKEY.

this applies to everyone running a virtual machine on virtualbox.

first run following (this is one line not two - it wrapped):

wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -

then run
sudo apt-get update

then run
sudo apt-get upgrade

then run
sudo apt-get install virtualbox-3.2

to upgrade virtualbox to the laaatest version. dont forget to install the vm client utilities!!! enjoy!!


social networking phenomenon

There are people who have FB accounts on which all they do is associate themselves with family and friends and saying hi, but never posting anything other than replies. This is perfectly ok to do, but this can be accomplished far easier and more discreetly with email as often those replies contain dangerous geographic information. This is a patently obsolete way of seeing the web and it's purpose for mankind. This also glaringly misses the point of the social networking phenomenon.

FB is, as the first* Next Big Thing to blogging (followed by the pure descendant Twitter), a forum for airing all of those things rattling around in your head. Its a place to share those things that you just want to go out into the middle of a parking lot and scream for all to hear. to share the moments of Wow I just saved a bundle on my car insurance :) or solved some stupid computer issue that i know a lot of other people have. to truly foster humanity in the realm of "computers are sooo impersonal and you can't build relationships online, only in the physical world".
[* (non-crapped-up - re: MySpace was here first but it is completely USELESS for this unless you're a 12-16 yo teener or a perv looking to pick one up)]

Facebook and it's contemporaries are the last bastion of an environment in which corporate is merely a peer rather than an authority. In which subversion by big $$$ is only doable if the big $$$ is on the same page with what people want. Signing on with a belief system, or not, is entirely voluntary and much more likely to be done with a clear head and rational thought. It's less likely to brainwash if the recipient of information has the power to simply click it away (see Big TV Advertisers -vs- TiVo/DVR technology :) - scares the hell out of 'em because people don't have to watch ads any more. ).
[Anecdote - I don't watch ANYTHING on live cable or broadcast TV anymore because of this. Of course I don't equate PBS with "cable or broadcast TV" in any way.]

I just wanted to stand out in the facebook parking lot and shout this :)


It is still possible to be infected while on antivirus...

[warning - im having fun with icons ^_^ )

Happy Mothers Day to all you Mothers out there!

It is still possible to be infected while on antivirus...

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"Researchers say they've devised a way to bypass protections built in to dozens of the most popular desktop anti-virus products, including those offered by McAfee, Trend Micro, AVG, and BitDefender."


stupid effing java!

stupid effing java!

Java is installed but not seen by firefox under ubuntu 9.04 jaunty jackalope
about:plugins doesnt reference Java(TM) Plug-in 1.6.0_20
File: /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun-
etcetera ad nauseam
Or when running firefox you get a disappearing crash with an error like

SomeUser@yourmachine:~$ firefox
OpenOffice path is '/usr/lib/openoffice'
Didn't find JVM under /opt/firefox/plugins
firefox-bin: ../../../../src/plugin/solaris/plugin2/common/JavaVM.c:104: InitializeJVM: Assertion `foundJVM' failed.

To make it Not So Stupid in Ubuntu Jaunty:

1 Install :
$ sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jre sun-java6-plugin sun-java6-jdk sun-java6-doc sun-java6-bin sun-java6-fonts
agree to DLJ license

2 Activate:
update-alternatives --config java
choose sun java (if choice given)

Even if only output is

There is only 1 program which provides java
(/usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun/jre/bin/java). Nothing to configure.

it did something. your output may also be

# update-alternatives --config java
There are 2 choices for the alternative java (providing /usr/bin/java).

Selection Path Priority Status
* 0 /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-openjdk/jre/bin/java 1061 auto mode
1 /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-openjdk/jre/bin/java 1061 manual mode
2 /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun/jre/bin/java 63 manual mode

pick java-6-sun, in this case #2, logically enough by hitting 2[enter] lol

then do

# apt-get remove openjdk-6-jre openjdk-6-jre-headless openjdk-6-jre-lib

if it appears(as it does above) that openjdk is installed.

3 Clean Up old Links/Binaries (if any) (!!!!PLEASE adapt following to your environment - change paths etc)
Delete ALL pluginreg.dat file(s)
$ rm ~/.mozilla/firefox/ul9j1z05.default/pluginreg.dat
# updatedb && locate
[output] might be similar to

remove all instances if any of and EXCEPT the ones in "/usr/lib/jvm/- - - - -"
# rm /home/SomeUser/.mozilla/plugin/
# rm /home/SomeUser/.mozilla/firefox/plugins/
# rm /opt/firefox/plugins/
-- NOT --
rm /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun-

4 Link In Fresh Plugins
cd /opt/firefox/plugins/
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun- .
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun- .

# updatedb && locate
[output] should be

5 Test Firefox
$ firefox

click (Verify java ......) or the like

[output] should be

Verified Java Version
You have the recommended Java installed (Version 6 Update 20).

if this happens, WOOHOO!!!!

if not, keep on searchin... and comment back with what works for you!! had a similar problem that i forwarded my post to...