Mnemojojo: J2ME client for Mnemosyne
Mnemojojo allows cards from Mnemosyne (a spaced-repetition flash-card program) to be reviewed on most mobile phones that support Java (J2ME). Mnemojojo does not replace Mnemosyne: cards are still added, edited, and deleted using a desktop or laptop computer. Rather, cards for several days are exported using the Mnemogogo plugin and then transferred to a mobile phone where they can be reviewed on the go. When those cards have been reviewed, they are imported back into Mnemosyne, and more cards may be exported.
Mnemojojo has a few limitations:
- Cards cannot be edited (all editing is done through Mnemosyne).
- The user interface is only available in English.
But many advantages:
- support for HTML Markup,
- support for Images including LaTeX markup (images are optimized for viewing on a phone),
- support for sound (requires appropriate decoders on phone),
- support for ‘map overlaying’,
- statistics are still be contributed to the Mnemosyne project,
- your cards are retained and managed in Mnemosyne,
- the scheduling and grading algorithms are ported directly from Mnemosyne
- the basic library has been tested and debugged over several months, and,
- the system does not require an internet connection.
Mnemojojo requires both the Mnemosyne application and the Mnemogogo plugin. They are both freely available for Windows, Mac, and Linux:
Care has been taken in the design and implementation of this software, and I now use it daily, but there may still be bugs. You use the software at your own risk and without warranty!
Mnemojojo is completely free. You do not have to pay anything to use it or to have the source code. But, you are also welcome to send me a tip if you find the software useful!
The screen shots were produced using the open-source MicroEmulator software.
Several devices are known to work:
|Devices known to work|
|BlackBerry Curve 8300 (with OS v188.8.131.52)||Works perfectly (the j2me build has security prompts, but the BlackBerry-specific build shouln't).|
|BlackBerry Storm 9530||Works perfectly (the security prompts can be disabled if necessary, but the BlackBerry-specific build shouldn't have any).|
|BlackBerry Bold 9700||The BlackBerry-specific build works well, although the configuration screen cannot be swipe scrolled.|
|BlackBerry Torch 9800||The BlackBerry-specific build works well, although the configuration screen cannot be swipe scrolled.|
|HTC Touch HD (Blackstone WM 6.1)||Works perfectly|
|HTC Windows Mobile 6 + Esmertec Jbed Java MIDlet Manager||Works (the security prompts can be disabled).|
|HTC Touch Dual (Windows Mobile 6 Professional)||Does not load with the default JVM, but works with the Esmertec JVM.|
|LG KP501||Works perfectly (but with security prompts)|
|Motorola A1200||Works perfectly (security prompts can be disabled).|
|Nokia 6121||Works perfectly (but with security prompts)|
|Nokia 6210 classic||Works perfectly (but with security prompts)|
|Nokia 6300||Works perfectly (but with security prompts)|
|Nokia C1-02 (Series 40, 6th edition)||Works perfectly (security prompts can be disabled).|
|Nokia C5||Works (but with security prompts)|
|Nokia E52||Works (but with security prompts; possible unconfirmed problem with sound; may need to reduce the number of cards loaded at once)|
|Nokia E61||Works perfectly (but with security prompts)|
|Nokia E71||Works perfectly (but with security prompts)|
|Nokia N8||Works with touch screen (the configure keys feature crashes)|
|Nokia E90||Works perfectly (but with security prompts)|
|Nokia N95||Works perfectly (but with security prompts)|
|Nokia N97 Mini||Works perfectly|
|Nokia 5800 (Express Music)||Works perfectly (better handling of security prompts)|
|Nokia X2-00||Works (only one security prompt at startup)|
|Palm TX||Works perfectly (requires IBM WebSphere Micro Environment Java Virtual Machine 5.7.2)|
|Samsung Wave GT-S8500||Works perfectly (one-off security prompt on startup; need onscreen keys to scroll cards)|
|Samsung Wave II GT-S8530||Works perfectly.|
|Samsung SGH-i780||Works perfectly (but with security prompts)|
|Sony Ericsson W580i||Works perfectly|
|Sony Ericsson W595s||Works perfectly (can be set to trusted mode)|
|Sony Ericsson K750/K750(i)||Works perfectly (but with security prompts)|
|Sony Ericsson W760i||Works perfectly|
|Sony Ericsson W800i||Works perfectly (but with security prompts)|
|Sony Ericsson K850i||Works perfectly (One security prompt at startup, the font can be configured.)|
|Toshiba g900 (with Esmertec java emulator)||Works (but with security prompts and a small font)|
Mnemojojo loads statistics, card text, and images from the memory of a mobile phone and its connected memory cards. On some devices each access generates an annoying security confirmation message. Several confirmations are required when starting, confirmations are then needed every fifty cards or so, for each image, and when quitting. If security confirmations cannot be disabled on your phone please complain to the manufacturer (not to me)!
Windows Mobile users: (especially HTC phones) Apparently, the default JVM will not load Mnemojojo. Many people have, however, reported success using the Esmertec JVM, where it should also be possible to disable security prompts.
|Devices with known problems|
|LG GS390 Prime (and GS290)||Non-signed apps cannot access the SD card using JSR-75.|
|LG Rumor Touch||Crashes, freezes the phone, or restarts the phone when writing the configuration file or statistics.|
|Motorola i290||Needs compilation in Motorola SDK to install, even then throws an exception on startup.|
|Nokia 5130c||Runs but terminates quickly with an OutOfMemory exception.|
|Nokia 6303i||Fails on startup with |
|Philips 892||Does not support JSR-75. Mnemojojo starts but the search for cards never terminates.|
If your phone is not on either of these lists, please try Mnemojojo and let me know how it goes. Thanks to everyone who already reported issues or success.
Mnemojojo requires MIDP 2.0, CLDC 1.1, JSR-75 and usually 0.5 to 1.0 megabytes of heap space. There are two builds: a jar file that should work on most Java (J2ME) devices, and a cod file for BlackBerry devices.
The J2ME Polish device database can help to determine whether your phone provides the required libraries.
Most Java (J2ME) devices
The steps required to install Mnemojojo will vary from phone to phone, but there are three basic approaches:
- Manually copy the installer files onto your phone and then open them on the phone.
- Install the files using a program like Nokia PC Suite.
- Download and install the files directly from the Internet using your phone's browser.
The latest version of the main application or ‘jar file’ can be downloaded from:
Some devices may also require a description or ‘jad file’, which can be downloaded from:
The BlackBerry build is signed and supports the BlackBerry command buttons. Installing Java applications on BlackBerry phones seems to be a bit tricky sometimes. There are three approaches you might try:
- Web-based installation from Getjar
- Goto http://m.getjar.com
- Select Quick Download
- Enter the code: 35319
- Installation with BlackBerry desktop software
- Installation by email
If you are still having trouble, you could try installing the standard
mnemojojo.jarfile, either directly from here, or by first emailing it to your BlackBerry, and then saving it locally, before opening it with Files (thanks to Galal Gough for this tip).
- Follow the Mnemogogo instructions to install and configure Mnemogogo on your PC, and to export some cards.
Start Mnemojojo on your phone. The about screen shown in
Figure 3 should appear.
Press up and down to scroll through the various configuration options
(or drag the scrollbar on touchscreen devices).
Press select (or tap a control) to change an option.
Option values are remembered across invocations, but forgotten after
There are nine options:
- Change card directory
The first time you use Mnemojojo, you must indicate the directory that
contains the exported cards.
Mnemojojo checks for a directories called
cardsat the top-level of each drive. It also provides options to automatically search through all subdirectories, which may generate annoying security alerts, or to manually browse for a directory. The path, once chosen, will be remembered automatically the next time Mnemojojo is started.
- On devices with keypads, cards are graded by pressing the appropriate number key. Some touchscreen devices, however, do not have a keypad. Instead Mnemojojo can display on-screen buttons for showing card answers and grading cards. See Figures 4(b) and 5(b) for examples.
- Configure command keys
- These keys are used to choose from the options presented at the bottom of the screen; for example, in Figure 3, between Ok and Exit. Mnemojojo usually configures them correctly automatically (thanks to the underlying UI toolkit), but on some devices they must be set manually. (This option is not present on the BlackBerry-specific build, since the built-in keys should work automatically.)
- Configure grading keys
- These keys are used to grade cards (0 to 5), to skip cards (*), and to show card statistics (#). On some devices, like the Nokia E61i, it is necessary to press a ‘shift’ key before pressing a number key. As this quickly becomes tedious, Mnemojojo allows the grading keys to be remapped if necessary.
- Card font size
- The size of the font used for displaying cards can be changed to suit your mobile and eyesight.
- Center card text
- Text and graphics are left-aligned by default. If this option is selected, they will be centered on the screen, but be aware centering does not currently work properly with all combinations of bold, italic, or underlined text due to a limitation in the underlying library.
- Play sounds automatically
- By default, any sounds on a card are played automatically when the card is displayed. When this box is unticked, sounds are only played when the replay button (either on screen or on the keypad) is pressed.
- Dark mode
- Uses darker colours for the background and buttons. Useful for reviewing cards in the dark, and, potentially, for conserving battery power.
- Cards to load ahead
- The text of exported cards are stored in a single file. This option determines how many of those cards should be read into memory simultaneously. If too many cards are loaded, your mobile may not have enough free memory to display images, or even, to run Mnemojojo at all. If too few cards are loaded at a time, you may be bothered by more security prompts, or long pauses between cards while the file is rescanned. Thus, this number should only be reduced if your phone is running out of memory or not displaying images. It can be increased if your phone makes more memory available to Java applications.
- After installing Mnemojojo, you must select Change card directory to detect and choose the location of the exported cards.
- If necessary, start Mnemojojo and, at the about screen, choose a card directory. Then press Ok.
The question screen for a card is shown first, as in Figures 4(a) and (b).
The category of the current card is shown in the top-left corner, and the
number of scheduled cards remaining is shown in the top-right corner.
The * key can be pressed to skip a card.
Pressing the Show button shows the answer screen, as
in Figures 5(a) and (b).
- Pressing one of the 0–5 keys, or optionally touching the on-screen buttons will grade the card. The question screen of the next card is then presented.
- When the number of exported cards runs out, or you want to review cards with Mnemosyne again, quit Mnemojojo and import the updated statistics as described elsewhere.
Note: The # key can be pressed at any time to show a statistics screen similar to the example in Figure 6.
Several details are shown:
- The number of days worth of exported cards that remain until another export from Mnemosyne is required, and the number of cards scheduled for each day.
- The statistics for the current card.
- The path to the cards that are currently being displayed.
- The numbers of free and total bytes available to Mnemojojo.