Latest from the Pre Hackers: Nintendo Emulation, Direct Download from Browser 22
Can we just say right at the outset that we're absolutely smitten with the work that's going on right now hacking the Pre. Homebrew apps without rooting is a go and now, friends, two more key advances have been made.
The first is a must: a Nintendo emulator running on the Pre directly without recourse to the Classic app workaround. You'll need to have a few more hacking skills than your average Joe to get it working (if "compile FCEUltra from within a Debian chroot" doesn't mean anything to you, move along). It's also more than fitting that the game demo'd here is Contra ...given that the whole key to all this development madness is the Konami code. Folks in our forums are giving it a shot now and things look tasty.
On the more practical front, one of the more bothersome aspects of the webOS broswer is that it's unable to directly download anything (especially images), even MP3 are streamed instead of download. However it turns out that the functionality is there, but just turned off. A bit of work will get it enabled, but beware: trying to download a file the Pre doesn't understand directly (like a Zip or an EXE) gives you an endless loop.
Thanks to everybody who sent these tips in!