CodeWeavers Blogs

10 March 2015 by James RameyJames Ramey

The Linux Revolution and the Game Developers Conference

Valve is set to showcased a SteamOS (a Linux based OS) and Steam Machines (their hardware gaming platform running SteamOS) at the Games Developer's Conference last week in San Francisco. The technology pundits are doubtfully pessimistic on whether a Linux based computer can conquer the living room. Personally, I am left to wonder if the technology pundits are wrong yet again.A Brief History of the Rise and Fall, the Rise and Fall of LinuxLinux has been primed several times in the past 20 years to become the next 'main stream' operating system. In theearly 1990's as the first waves of computer revolution were reaching the business world, technology pundits predicted that Linux (not Microsoft or Apple) would be the operating system of choice for business…

2 March 2015 by Jana SchmidJana Schmid

Why No CrossOver at the Game Developers Conference?

This week, five of CodeWeavers luckiest agents get to leave the subzero temperatures of St. Paul, Minnesota for spring in San Francisco, California for the Game Developers Conference.Yes, you heard me right! CodeWeavers is going to be at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, March 4-6 (booth 202). You're probably wondering what a cross-platform utility software like CrossOver Mac and CrossOver Linux would be doing at the Game Developers Conference. The answer is simple. Nothing.CrossOver Mac and CrossOver Linux will not be making an appearance at the Game Developers Conference this year. I repeat CrossOver Mac and CrossOver Linux will not be making an appearance at the Game Developers Conference this year. Then what on earth is CodeWeavers going…

25 February 2015 by Jon ParshallJon Parshall

I Wish I Were Going to GDC ...

I wish I were going to the Game Developer's Conference this year. It's as simple as that. I mean, as any of you who keeps up on our corporate blogs will have deduced, there are a fair number of gamers within our four walls. Jeremy Newman and Vince Lund are first-person shooter types. I'm mostly a turn-based strategy guy, but I've played World of Warcraft for years and years (too many years, actually). Our Prez, James Ramey, is also an FPS type, but has taken a real liking to World of Tanks (and is damned good at it). Andrew Eikum is a big iRacing fan (and drives real race cars for fun, too). Our illustrious leader, Jeremy White, would play more games if he weren't also Captain Vertigo. But as it is he mostly has to settle for online chess. Andrew Balfour has…

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…

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