7 April 2009 by Jeremy White
I've just spent the past 5 days in Nashville, Tennessee, bringing our chess club
to the SuperNationals chess tournament - the biggest scholastic chess tournament
of the year. This is my hobby - I discovered a few years ago that coaching kids
in chess was an enormous amount of fun - even more fun than playing it seriously,
as I had as a youth.
This trip to Nationals was the culmination of two years of planning, and the capstone
of my older son's career with the club (along with several other key 8th graders).
And what a great ride it was! 28 kids, a bunch of adults, one big magic yellow bus,
and a whole lot of fun with chess!
We entered teams into 4 of the available 15 sections, and we
won 1st place in a K-3 section, 11th place in one…
3 April 2009 by James Ramey
I am not the biggest fan of snow. I think every Christmas should have snow as there is nothing quite like a 'white Christmas' to warm the heart. Just thinking of a night slay ride through the woods with the snow gently falling, trees decorated in lights, and the fresh scent of pine and sugar cookies in the air is nothing short of perfect. But its not ever like that!!! I can't remember the last time I had a slay ride, and the woods at night is really just kind of creepy. Additionally, the snow never seems to fall gently in Minneapolis. The snow is either a blizzard or sleet push around by treacherous winds smacking you in your ice cold face. Unfortunately, I live in Minnesota where snow is a very real possibility from…
31 March 2009 by Jeremy White
Okay, so we've got our sales tax stuff all squared away (or so I hope; I'll find out
tomorrow during the audit). Now we're driving hard towards completing CrossOver 8.0.
We've done a ton of work that is going into CrossOver 8; we've got Internet Explorer 7 running,
and we're working on 8. We've got a huge number of fixes for Microsoft Office, notably Outlook.
And most importantly, we've got Quicken 2009 working along nicely. That's critical, because
Quicken 2006 goes out of support in 30 days here.
The challenge with Wine, though is that it seems like it's always two steps forward, one
step back. In the process of fixing some issues with MS Office, we improved Wine's support
for the MSI (Microsoft Installer) technology. Unfortunately,…
23 March 2009 by Jeremy White
I've been distracted this past week because I've been dealing
with a sales tax audit. It turns out to be a fascinating glimpse into some of
the collisions between a web-based business and the more traditional
Because our only significant office is here in Minnesota, we pay sales taxes only in Minnesota. And
because Minnesota is a relatively small portion of our sales, we're just not talking about
a ton of money, or a major issue.
Nevertheless, we've always worked to pay our sales taxes honorably, and I
thought we did a pretty good job.
A nice auditor from the State of Minnesota has been gently helping me
to see how wrong I was. You see, it turns out that the 'location' of a particular
transaction is not…
16 March 2009 by Jeremy White
So I'm blessed with a wonderful wife. She helped support our efforts
around World of Warcraft by playing WoW with me (up until I got sick
of it at about level 40). Last summer, we decided we wanted to tackle
Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO). That is,
we wanted to bring the Windows version to Mac and Linux.
So we both got accounts, and started playing. The idea was that I'd
be the perfect beta tester, so that as we worked to officially support it,
I could be a lead tester.
Nicely, the game engine itself works great in CrossOver and Wine.
Unfortunately, the launcher, the main program that does updates and
gets things going, is a .NET application, and it doesn't work. It's
really the key to genuinely supporting LOTRO.
9 March 2009 by Jeremy White
pointed out that it has been 8 months since I had put out a road map.
So I thought I'd take some time to review what we've accomplished in these past 8 months,
and what we hope to accomplish through the rest of the year.
This has been an interesting 8 months. We've deliberately been working on
some very 'unsexy' initiatives. For example, we've been focusing a
lot of energy on some 'under the hood' improvements to Wine. Things like
.NET support, work on a DIB Engine, Gdiplus, and a lot of Direct X work.
We've also spent a lot of energy focusing on issues with Microsoft Office 2003
and 2007, in an effort to bring those applications fully up to 'Gold' level.
We have had some challenges; for example, we discovered,…
4 March 2009 by James Ramey
I think BLOGS are interesting, pretty, funny, and nice. However, I never feel that I have enough witty comments to make reading a BLOG worthwhile. Don't get me wrong, I am rather cool (in my own mind). HOWEVER, I am also rather boring. I lead a normal life in the suburbs with a family and a dog. Not the stuff that makes you jump out of your seat and go 'HOLY COW, THAT'S HOT!!!'. So, I have decided to make up all the information in my BLOG postings so they are rather cool and rather dangerous. I hope that you enjoy the alter-reality that I call virtual life....First, TEAM FORTRESS 2 on a MAC is AWESOME. I use CrossOver Mac Games to access TF2 on my MacBook Pro, and I LOVE IT. I play way more then I should,…
15 December 2008 by Jeremy White
Last spring, I was frustrated, because it seemed like many Mac users were not aware of CrossOver Mac. CrossOver is so much faster and easier to try than any of the other alternatives, it seems a crime to me that every Mac user doesn't try it first. It's not always the perfect solution, but when it works, it is very sweet.However, since we believe in Free Software, and provide all of our core work to the free Wine Project, we're not exactly rolling in the marketing dough. So we had lunch with our PR firm to see what we could do with a bit of creativity. We had a lot of ideas, and this scheme of doing a Lameduck Challenge came up just as I had to leave the meeting. The idea was we'd give our software away for free if George…