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Virtualbox on CentOS 6 
Well, it is time to leave Ubuntu behind. Not only has the UI become so odd that students are inadvertently deleting files, but the new user interface is - to say the least - intrusive, as well as unpredictable.

Most of my associates are running either Red Hat or CentOS. -Now we will be doing so, as well.

Here is how to install Virtualbox on CentOS 6:

cd /etc/yum.repos.d/
wget ... albox.repo
yum update
yum install binutils qt gcc make patch libgomp glibc-headers glibc-devel kernel-headers kernel-devel dkms
yum install VirtualBox-4.3
service vboxdrv setup

That wget path is h-t-t-p://

Worked great on my machine. See the related link (below) for the source of the above scrips, as well as for other platforms.

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Oracle: Web Access to Java Applets 
There I was - happily updating to the latest version of Java under Windows when - boom - access to my own on-line applets suddenly stopped.

Since the red-faced security flaws of Java 6, it seems that our BROWSER Applets are still well beyond any Oracle developer's ability to protect an OPERATING SYSTEM?

The constructive ideas I have to offer range from shifting the safe-tech responsibility back to Oracle Developers to (1) keep the sandbox safe, or encouraging Oracle to (2) simply craft a safe-and-secure 'Lite Version' of Java for browser use... -Much as Sun did for JME, CLDC, and elsewhere.

Until the inspiration is received however, be aware that there is an alternative to exposing your personal information to yet another public register.

Work Around

Since the policy-prohibitions are coming from Oracle - not your operating system - on Windows all one need do is to search for "Java" under the "Start Program" (Search Programs and Files) tools, then select "Configure Java."

Using the above configuration tool, we can add things like the site URLs for,, or to Oracles exceptions list:

(Oracle: Tool tip bundles (1.7 u 51) Missing ?)

In a like manner, feel free to take a moment to add your favorite sites to your Java implementation's "exceptional-site list-of-white":

(Both the Yoda-style rhyme, as well as the GUI pun, are indented!)

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TQFTD - Technology Review 
Perhaps the best thing about being technical is having a mission: A calling - if you like - for doing something constructive with our spare time.

My personal passion is for creating the technology behind what is required to collect, organize, and share huge amounts of data. Indeed, well before an opportunity to serve as a Principle Engineer at Informix (a major database company. To date we had the fastest database technology I know of), I was amassing a plethora of data (mostly quotations and recipes) to share.

Starting in 1987, the first technological trek spanned a decade of publication as "::::: The Quote For Today :::::." The robot-generated newsletter was posted in alt.quotations, as well as via a relatively short opt-in email list.

Early Technologies

To share the quotations we had to implement several RFCs. Developed in C/C++, the bindings for both SMTP and NNTP remain part of the STDNOJ / ABLE C/C++ Projects. Supported on every popular computing platform, the core was built using both Microsoft Visual Studio 6.x, and Borland C++ Bullder.

Web Technologies

At the time of this writing, the sharing of our collections is limited to what you see on While plans are afoot for resurrecting the old newsletter, the purpose of this post is to review the technologies others might find useful, as well.

Above is the official Open Source Project Layering. Aside from a Java <-> PHP encryption layer (not depicted), we have shared the major components on

PHP CRUD: Designed to allow us to easily create, read, update, & delete indexed objects using PHP.

BANMAN: A system to both automatically, as well as manually, moderate access to web content. Designed specifically to stop content-plundering robots.

HTML Forms: HTML forms are used as the Web Service layer. The core of the B.E.S.T philosophy, HTTP forms allows for both automated, as well as manual, browser-based testing.

EasyHTTP: A Java demonstration of how to use web-forms to drive our web-services (BEST.)

Java / Java Applet: The web-based version of "Doctor Quote Online" on the site is a SWING GUI Applet / Application combination.

This web version of Doctor Quote uses EasyHTTP. An Android version of Doctor Quote is available, but not yet at any 'app store. (Maybe next week?)

HTML/HTML5/CSS/jQuery: All the latest research into all the latest ways of creating a better browser experience.

Unrestricted Passthru: Some works do not need to use BANMAN to protect their data. BANMAN monitors, yet allows the content scraping of these (several hundred) pages to remain unrestricted.

Indexing, Security & Searching Tech: ClassIO is how we prime, process, and provision our large NO-SQL data collections, as well as their subsets.

Not illustrated (and therefore not available for public re-use) is our unique keyword creation & search technologies. The excellent response times are cleanly demonstrated on

Like our Enigma-inspired "NO-HTTPS" security strategies (i.e. outside of a browser, isn't the very concept of 'standards-based security' a bit of an oxymoron?), our hyper-fast search tools & access routine must remain a prominent unshared technology. Why? Because customized, time-proven technologies such as those allow places like Google to be able to afford lots of little things ... like their own space program.

Thanks for the interest,


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