This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
Unlike applets, J2EE servers aren't constrained in their ability to access local files = at least unless you override the standard access rules. However, you can get this error if the Tomcat process doesn't have OS-level access to the file even though you have Java access rights. Or, in other words, OS access limitations supercede Java permissions.
Customer surveys are for companies who didn't pay proper attention to begin with.