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The Wind is blowing simple

23 March 2012
by Jeremy WhiteJeremy 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 😊. So I…

Reflections on 15 years

12 May 2011
by Jeremy WhiteJeremy 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…

The Prophecy of Linux (again)!

31 March 2011
by James RameyJames 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…

Where's the Service?

26 February 2011
by James RameyJames 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 consumers,…

Is Software Romantic

14 February 2011
by James RameyJames 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…

Is This the Start of Obsolete Me?

2 February 2011
by James RameyJames 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…

Celebrating the silly

28 January 2011
by Jeremy WhiteJeremy White
You may have noticed that we like to put out silly and fun press releases and offbeat videos of all kinds, even when we are announcing a major new product release. We're a small company, pursuing a noble goal, while giving away the bulk of our work. That means we don't have a lot of money to spend on advertising. So we absolutely have to rely on word of mouth and attention-getting gimmicks. Here's a fun story you may not know: in late 2009, we decided to back off the silly for a while. We thought we were maybe overdoing it. So we reflected and came up with a marketing campaign dubbed "The Year of Thankfulness". We wanted to take some time to celebrate our customers and our Advocates, and find a way to recognize and…

Smells Like Change to Me

25 January 2011
by James RameyJames Ramey
I am sitting in San Francisco at one of the tens and tens of Starbucks located throughout the Market District of the city waiting for MacWorld 2011 to commence later this week.  As I type on my NetBook which is linked to the Internet via my Android phone, I can't help but imagine what the landscape of technology will look like in two or three years.  I think I see the point in time where the computer will be obsolete.  As the Internet continues to evolve, I firmly believe that Internet enabled devices (like my Android phone or tablets or even Internet enabled televisions) will reign supreme (very soon).  20 years ago, the Internet was a bulletin board used by a handful of universities.  15 years ago, the Internet was a dial-up modem…

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