The JavaTuner is a small Java applet that allows some experimentation with various tunings and temperaments (experimenting on a real instrument is orders of magnitude better of course), and that can be used as an electronic tuner and even as a tuning practice tool.
Caution: If you use this applet to tune an instrument, be sure to check that it generates correct frequencies; on a recent winXP machine, I see up to a semitone off-pitch! The best is to compare the generated A-440 with a tuning fork; I find this easiest with no harmonics ('0' in the applet). V2.5 now offers a "calibration" feature that can be used, esp. when invoking the JavaTuner stand-alone (ie. locally), to have the applet generate the intended frequencies once the applet itself has been "tuned". See the V2.5 page.
There are currently two version of the JavaTuner:
Wrt older version, it supports a few new features:
Currently, these changes were not carried over to the older version. I don't know if anyone is still using it. If you are and would like to see some of these changes, drop me a note (but I make no promises!).
Wrt Internet Explorer: The main Java classes and the sun.audio classes are in C:/WINDOWS/java/Packages/EGEOJT3J.ZIP. Further info: http://www.microsoft.com/mscorp/java/faq.asp. As I understand what I read there, the MS Java VM (MSJVM) is discontinued: "Going forward, Microsoft is not including the MSJVM in its software"; users are encouraged to migrate away from MSJVM. So probably no point worrying about it.
For IE users, one option is to install a recent Java run-time (JRE) from Sun, including the installation of the plug-in for the IE browser. This worked for me on my 3-years old WinXP. I suppose this could break other sites (if there are still any) that depend on MSJVM. Or maybe use FireFox instead! Or download Sun's Java run-time environment (JRE) and use the JavaTuner stand-alone, eg. with AppletViewer.
The latest Java run-time from Sun can be obtained here.