What do I need to run µFrac ?
µFrac requires that you have either a MIDP-compatible device
(typically a phone or a PDA, see below) or a MIDP phone simulator.
Also the phone or the computer running the simulator must have access
to the network.
Why does it have to connect to a server anyway
Well, this is what µFrac is all about : it's distributed.
Keep in mind that fractals require a lot of mathematical calculation
which would take way too long for your phone to compute plus it
would be a perfect way to drain your battery. Instead, the work
is handed to a server which computes the fractal and sends it back
to the device.
Which devices does µFrac support ? Will
it work with my XYZ phone ?
It *should* work on any MIDP-compatible device though I cannot
guarantee that it will work perfectly on all the devices depending
on how MIDP has been implemented on that particular device. So far,
µFrac has been tested on :
- Motorola i85s and i50sx phones available today in the US at Nextel.
- Motorola Accompli 008 phone/PDA (soon to be available in Europe
- Palm OS device with MIDP for Palm installed.
If you have tested µFrac on a different device, please
let me know how it worked !
I have a Motorola i85s / i50sx, now what do
I do ?
It is possible today to install and run µFrac on Motorola iDen
i85s and i50sx handsets available at Nextel but it is not as easy
as it should be since Nextel does not yet support 'network aware'
applications (i.e. which require internet connectivity).You will
need the following :
- An i85s or i50sx handset (just to make sure).
- The data cable to be able to transfer the app to the device
(Over-the-Air download is not available at this time).
- Nextel's PacketStream service so that J2ME apps are able
to reach the outside world (thru a routable static IP or NAT)
Refer to the instructions
provided on Nextel's developer website.
Note that JAL Lite will not let you install µFrac on the device
since it only allows local apps to be installed at this time.
How can I install it on my Palm ?
First, you need to install MIDP
for Palm OS (requires Palm OS 3.5+) and set 'Networking' to
'enabled' in the Java Manager preferences. Then hotsync the 'mufrac.prc'
file contained in the package. For some strange reason the keypad
has to be activated in the application preferences to be able to
connect (tested with MIDP for PalmOS version 1.0ea3).
Where can I download the source ?
Sorry, the source for µFrac is not available at this time.
You can take a look at another MIDlet, kFire,
that I've developed and released with the souce code.
What kind of license ... ?
µFrac may be used freely for non-commercial use but it is
*not* freeware. Please do not distribute it (but feel free to link
this site!) without prior authorization from mufrac.com.
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