Java for Pocket PC

And so I downloaded for the first time, a Java runtime for my PocketPC. It’s IBM’s Websphere. You need to register (free), and in the download screen, you need to pick the first package shown there for “Windows 2003 SE” devices. The file is 45 MBs, it installs some useless crap on your PC (easily uninstallable), but at least the PocketPC installation is only 3 MBs. It worked well, I tested it with Opera Mini. But JavaRuntime+OperaMini take an awful lot of main memory, about 10 MBs of RAM goes away when launching it, which defeats the whole purpose of running the otherwise lightweight Opera Mini. Additionally, Opera Mini/JRE doesn’t recognize the fact that my PocketPC is a VGA PDA and so it’s double-pixeling.

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