25 September 2014 by Caron Wills
Happy Birthday Wizard101!
This month, Wizard101 celebrates six years being live. It's
a great milestone for
KingsIsle Entertainment, it's a great milestone for me.
It brings me back to my early days at
CodeWeavers; before I was the Quality
Assurance Manager, before I understood what an online community could
Six years ago, I sat at my desk with a few months of tech
support behind me. My boss (sounds so formal), the CEO of CodeWeavers, came to
the ninja pit full of excitement. He was starry-eyed over a new game,
Wizard101. He wanted to know if
CrossOver could run it and wanted to know if
one of us would be willing to take a look... to test it.
I raised my hand.
27 June 2014 by Caron Wills
"Where are you?" echoes in my mind. It's leftover from my years in high school when I would play an exorbitant amount of video games at my house and the houses of various friends. I have fond memories of "being seen" and then hiding so I could creep up and slay the enemy. Ah yes, the days where video games ranked high as my entertainment and my relief from the world.
In that period I was often told that video games would never be a source of income and that very few people made a living from testing them.
I would tend to agree. I would further emphasize the truth in that statement in today's world. Especially with a perspective triple "A" title, the beta testers and alpha testers line up around the block and test for free, spending hours running a…
20 June 2014 by Caron Wills
There are great perks in most respectable work places that the employees of that company come to enjoy. CodeWeavers is no exception to this and over the years I have been witness to many offerings. We adjust as the needs change and as the whimsy of our fearless leaders moves. From time to time we joke about carwashes and xp points becoming the basis for a pay scale.
The truth is, the comforts we have in our small company are great. We know each other well, we get along and we share varied but common tastes.
One of those is coffee.
All day long.
Not everyone in the office is a coffee drinker. Some prefer tea or beer or water or other such "things". Then, there are those of us who are avid coffee drinkers and because both the CEO and President are…
22 April 2014 by Caron Wills
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS released on April 17, 2014. with it are a slew of new features. The release comes nine days after the end of Windows XP and is perhaps one of the shining alternatives people are considering... but what about all of those Office products one might still need?
Today we'll take a look at how easy it is to setup Microsoft Office 2010 with CrossOver 13.1.3. This entry assumes everyone has gotten here:
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is installed and is up to date:
Head out to our website and download a trial of CrossOver:
Then, double click the download to open with the Ubuntu Software Center:
Once installed, launch CrossOver by locating the icon:
Or by opening a terminal and launching it with…
8 April 2014 by Caron Wills
Most Microsoft Applications have a series of command line switches that can be used to make life easier in various scenarios.
Today we're going to apply once such command line switch to Microsoft Visio 2010 via CrossOver. While this topic will be Mac-centric, a few instructions for our Linux users will be provided so they can accomplish the same task.
Let's set this up right. I'm using Microsoft Visio 2010 to make a flow chart:
(with apologies, I'm not a Visio power-user by any stretch of the imagination)
When something outside of CrossOver happens...
I need to see some of my other windows... or
I had an external monitor attached and was working with Visio 2010 on that monitor... or
I stepped away and my…
3 April 2014 by Caron Wills
We have a chat channel and we answer questions there regularly. There are some very amazing people that sit in that channel and help answer questions. In the last month, two of those people have mentioned that we (the staff here at CodeWeavers), should blog about things more often. Thinking foolishly that there was some strange barrier around this I asked what we would blog about. The quick answer was... how to do things with our product and with our website; that we should answer questions. So I asked for the first question, and though the temptation was to only give the simple answer, I decided I had better make good on it. The question:
"Can we add new programs to the Application Database?"
And the simple answer is:
21 May 2013 by James Ramey
Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to play a lot; I mean two – to – three hours a day, every day, since the end of March inside the tank simulation of World of Tanks (WoT). Over 2,500 battles– 1234 wins, 1234 losses, and 39 draws to be exact. Over the course game play, I’ve managed to learn a few lessons that will no doubt help me in my presidency of CodeWeavers. It is in that spirit of sharing that I present my Top 10 Lessons from Inside a Tank (and to provide billable hours to the CEO for all the time I’ve spent in battling during work hours): 1. Idiots Die Quickly – Within seconds of the battle starting. , there are early tank casualties. Usually, the casualties are the direct result of running headfirst…
20 March 2013 by James Ramey
I am now coming up on my two month anniversary of being named President of CodeWeavers. It’s been an interesting five year journey to arrive at this ‘summit’ in my career. Maybe ‘summit’ and ‘career’ are overly optimistic terms for describing the 16 years I’ve given to various companies within the technology industry, but they somewhat reflect where I am today.For those that do not know, I’m James B. Ramey. I grew up in North Dakota; attended college in Minnesota; and now call Minneapolis (actually one of the suburbs) my home. My career started in selling computer networking solutions to financial institutions; moved to providing Internet security solutions to quick serve restaurants; and now landed me in software…