CodeWeavers Blogs

18 February 2015 by James RameyJames Ramey

The Promise of the ‘Cloud’

Remember three years ago when EVERYONE in tech was talking 'cloud'? IBM was the loudest voice in the cloud-based conversation. Microsoft and Google were openly demonstrating tools for controlling the cloud. Amazon was projecting how the cloud would impact the lives of all consumers. Yahoo, Apple, and Salesforce.com were all touting the cloud too. It was as if an inevitable storm 'cloud' was going to light up the entire technology landscape and drench the Internet. And yet three years later, technology feels largely unchanged and 'cloud' feels more like a buzzword (like synergy or hyperconvergence) than a real technology term.To be fair, everyone is using the 'cloud' in some way, shape, or form today. FaceBook is a social cloud; Netflix is an…

You Can’t Pick Your Family, but You Can Pick the Platform You Research Them On.

Tomorrow, three of CodeWeavers bravest souls are starting their trek to Salt Lake City, Utah to represent CrossOver Mac at the family history and technology conference, known as RootsTech. Our Mac laptops are locked and loaded with software like, RootsMagic, Legacy Family Tree, Family Historian, Ancestral Quest, Ancestral Sources, GenoPro, GenScriber and GenSmarts 2 ready to show the world of genealogists that they can run their favorite Windows genealogy software on Mac with a little help from CrossOver.For three days (February 12-14 at booth 1539), we are going to demonstrate to genealogists, ancestresses, family storytellers, pedigree historians, heritage detectives, lineage researchers and descent analysts that they no longer have to be confined to the…

"Microsoft Reeling: Why Don't We Feel Happier?"

Last week, the news was announced in the New York Times(http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/30/business/how-and-why-apple-overtook-microsoft.html)that Apple's market capitalization is now double Microsoft's: $683 billion to $338 billion. Riding the wave of strong iPhone 6 sales, Apple is also insanely profitable, generating $30 billion in free cash flow in just one quarter. Not surprisingly, its stock made a 5% jump, closing in the neighborhood of $120 a share. Today, Apple rules the world of technology, making the days of Microsoft's Borg-like technological hegemony seem but a veiled memory of darkness and dread.For a guy who's spent the last twelve years of his life working for a tiny software company whose products have pitted it directly against Microsoft,…

20 January 2015 by James RameyJames Ramey

Has Technology ‘Jumped The Shark?'

You know what has me on edge a bit lately? All of these newfangled tech gadgets. It seems now that ANYTHING connected to the Internet is considered a useful device. How did we get to the point in the evolution of technology where we think a fitnesstracker is somehow a novel and useful device? having a cooler that can tell me exactly how cold my beverages are via text message to my cell phone useful? What has led people to the understanding that for something to be useful it has to beconnected to the Internet? I'm starting to think that technology has 'jumped the shark' in that we keep producing'stuff' but the story is starting to feel old and repetitive. Here's what I mean…In the beginning, we had the computer which was the undisputed king of…

2 December 2014 by Jana SchmidJana Schmid

The Top 3 Reasons We Let Kids of CodeWeavers Play Wizard101

A few of us at the CodeWeavers Ranch have been playing…er…testing… Wizard101 since 2011. Since the beginning of our"testing" of Wizard101, an exclusive group (those of us with kids) has happily introduced our children to the game. So when I was asked to write a blog post about our upcoming promotion with Wizard101, it was only natural forme to write about why us parents love Wizard101. 1.) Reading, Math, and Creativity - Oh My!Wizard101 is not a game that was designed specifically to teach math or reading skills, but a side effect of the game is its educational value. With over 50,000 lines of text in Wizard101, players are constantly exercising their reading skills to complete quests. While technically not a math game either, math and…

24 November 2014 by Caron WillsCaron Wills

How to Manually Uninstall and Reinstall Pirate101 on your Mac

It happens, sometimes an update goes terribly wrong and any number of strange things begin to happen. A fresh install of Pirate101 may be the fastest way to get back to playing. Before starting these steps, get the latest version of Pirate101 here! Locate Pirate101 in your Applications folder and drag it to the trash: Go to your "Library" folder. - Click on Finder - Choose the drop down menu option "Go" - Hold down the "Option" key to make "Library" visible and select it Inside the Library folder, go to "Application Support" and locate the "Pirate101" folder. Drag it to the trash. Inside the Library folder, go to "Preferences" and locate the "com.kingsisle.pirate101.plist" file. Drag it to the trash.…

11 November 2014 by Jon ParshallJon Parshall

"10 Years of World of Warcraft" or "How /Played made me want to /Wrists..."

We're coming up to the launch of "Warlords of Draenor", the latest World of Warcraft expansion. We're also drawing closer to the 10-year anniversary of the launch of WoW itself (November 23, 2004). And now seemed like a good time for me to reflect on my history as a WoW player.You see, World of Warcraft wasn't an intentional addiction. That's what all addicts say, right? But really, it wasn't. Back in June 2006, someone at CodeWeavers got the bright idea that having a couple of accounts on WoW, and creating a "CrossOver" guild, might be a good way to build a little PR for the fact that CrossOver ran WoW on Linux systems. Thus, "The Lunch Party" was formed, and we started playing. It was five of us: Jeremy White (our CEO), Jeremy Newman (sys admin), Aric…

29 October 2014 by James RameyJames Ramey

"You’re only as good as the world allows you to be!" - A Reflection on the Release of CrossOver 14

It’s been almost two weeks since CodeWeavers released CrossOver 14 for Mac and Linux.  James Ramey, President of CodeWeavers reflects on the trials and tribulations of getting a new release of our CrossOver software out the door.   "Why so serious?"  One of my favorite movies characters is Heath Ledger's portrayal of The Joker from The Dark Knight.  The character is so entertaining that you overlook the nuances and depth of The Joker; and because Ledger was so convincing in this role (as if it were a part of himself), you forget that he spent almost six months preparing to become this character on screen.  In many ways, I consider this latest release of CrossOver 14 to be a similar artistic…

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