9 May 2012 by James Ramey
It’s coming! It’s coming! On May 15th, the world (as we know it) will change forever with the release of Diablo III (otherwise known as the second coming – or third coming, really,). Gamers tremble at the mere thought of taking on the Prime Evils (again); fighting as a Barbarian, Wizard, Monk, Witch Doctor, or Demon Hunter (again); and trekking through a mythical, beautiful, savage world (again). And while this feels a bit ‘played-out’, NO ONE doubts that it will be TOTALLY AWESOME. No one, except CodeWeavers.Don’t get me wrong. We think the game is going to be EPIC. Our staff was glued to their keyboards during the Beta testing (literally glued, they refused to leave or eat or bathe). But as a…
30 April 2012 by James Ramey
As Interim CEO, I’ve been told that it’s my responsibility to write a blog post for our customers. I’m not entirely sure that the Actual CEO ever blogged. The only discussion I remember about blogs was the marketing department repeatedly asking for comments that never came. But that was the ‘Old World Order’, and it’s a new day at CodeWeavers. And where there’s a new day, there’s always someone happy to blog on and on about it for tens of other people to roll their eyes in disgust. Fortunately, I am not one to blog. I am more prone to interpretive dance. No, I’m not that guy either. I guess I’m just a guy who is attempting to find his place in the ‘New World Order’.So what is the ‘New…
23 March 2012 by Jeremy White
There is a sequence in
Build a Better Life by Stealing Office Supplies: Dogbert's Big Book of Business that I've always liked.
Dogbert, the management consultant, comes into a decentralized
organization, and advises: "Centralize!" Next, he goes into
a monolithic organization and advises: "Decentralize!"
I also am proud of my management philosophy.
Years ago, Priority of the Day was trendy, where managers would shift priorities
depending on how they felt that day. In the Internet age, that is clearly not
fast enough, so I have devised my sure-to-be award winning strategy: "Manage like the Wind!(TM)",
where you shift priorities as quickly and as arbitrarily as a gust of wind. My staff loves
this, let me assure you 😊.
12 May 2011 by Jeremy White
This month marks our 15th year anniversary. We're having great fun with it; you can check out our
videos and the fantastic promotion we're running to go with it. I hope it all helps you to enjoy CrossOver goodness.
It's been a very interesting ride, these past 15 years. CodeWeavers is my second company; I was a partner in another company, Holten, White & Associates, prior to striking off on my own to found CodeWeavers. I founded CodeWeavers because I wanted to do interesting and meaningful work, work with people I respected, and have fun at work.
I'm glad to report that we've succeeded on all three fronts, although some of our dark days in the mid 2000s were very challenging.
We started out as a general purpose consulting…
31 March 2011 by James Ramey
There was a period of time in the mid-to-late 1990's when many technology pundits predicted that Linux would 'rule the world'. These 'early adapters' actually believed that the citizens of the world would succumb to the truths of Linux and realize en mass that Linux was the more robust, more efficient, more stable, and FREE operating system. All the writing was on the wall, and there was no doubt (none) on the part of the pundits that everything was going to 'line-up' perfectly for Linux. Geeks everywhere were preparing to celebrate as 'the people' were going to CHOSE their beloved (and pure) operating system. There would be a 'new world order'! CATS AND DOGS LIVING IN HARMONY, OH MY!; and so on and so on and so on.My CEO is one…
26 February 2011 by James Ramey
Chance are if you’ve recently looked for help while shopping
in a department store, ordered fast food through the drive-thru, purchased
groceries using a self checkout line, or asked technical questions regarding
items at a ‘big box’ retailer, you’ve experienced bad service (and for the
purpose of this rant blog, bad service also includes no service). My own personal experiences as a consumer
have me believing that most companies now consider service to be a ‘luxury
item’ not included in most standard transactions. Whether this ‘no service here model’ is a
result of companies trying to aggressively reduce costs to meet their current
economic conditions or a means of meeting the expectations of price driven
14 February 2011 by James Ramey
I'll be brutally honest with you. I'm not good at Valentine's Day. I'm just not good with holidays that I believe were created by Hallmark for the sole purpose of selling greeting cards. To that point, I'm also not good at Mother's Day; Father's Day, or any of the second tier holidays (Columbus Day, Arbor Day, May Day, Earth Day, or President's Day). But that's another blog altogether. So as I sit at 4:30 PM on Valentine's Day wondering aloud as to what constitutes a romantic gift (and what can be acquired at this point), I am left to ponder the merits of software. CAN SOFTWARE BE ROMANTIC?If getting what you want for Valentine's Day is romantic and what you want is software, then I say 'yes' software can be…
2 February 2011 by James Ramey
In the world of technology, the greatest fear is of becoming obsolete. Becoming an obsolete technology is an incredibly difficult process. Evolution is rarely immediate. Technology is very adaptable, And consumers fight change. Technology is my world; and until this past MacWorld, I never considered that I too could one day become obsolete. Allow me to explain...At MacWorld, you see all kinds of people. You meet the tech gurus who were Mac before Mac became cool. You meet the excited n00bs who have just switched from PCs to Macs. You meet the iPods, the iPhones, the iPads who have embraced the portable lifestyle. You meet students curious about the future of technology. You meet parents who…