Thank you ramram29. I finally put my brain to work and arrived at the same process.
a little judicious rooting around in SuSE using root file manager turned up the files, but not where I would'v looked on my own.
a look at /etc/java/java.conf sent me to /usr/lib/jvm which finally took me back to
which is the operative plugin I needed.
The seamonkey file is /usr/lib/seamonkey/plugins, and a routine symlink to the /etc/alternatives... turned on the java plugin in seamonkey, and now the live clock in www.time.gov
Anyone else having this problem wiht Suse 10.0 who does not know what a symlink (also called soft link) is, here's a (very) mini-HOWTO:
1. Find your plugin source (/etc/alternatives... above).
2. find your target (/usr/lib/seamonkey... above).
3. Open a terminal and become root or superuser (su - <enter> and give root password <enter>)
4. cd to the target directory.
5. Type 'ln -s /etc/alternatives/jre/plugin/i386/ns7/libjavaplugin_oji.so .' <enter> -- using your source and omitting the ears [''], and yes, the last space dot is required.
What that does is tells seamonkey to look in the etc/alternatives location for that plugin. the 'space dot' at the end tells the terminal to 'make the link here' (present directory).