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28 January 2018 by Jeremy NewmanJeremy Newman

5 Pa$$word Best Practices — Tips and Tricks to Make Managing your Password Less Painful

In this day and age it is paramount to force yourself to adhere to strong password policies. Laziness and hubris would have us use the same easy to remember password everywhere, but don’t do it! It never ceases to amaze me how many people use passwords like: “password”, “1234”, or “qwerty”.  As the System Administrator of CodeWeavers, I’ve put together 5 password protection best practices. Never Reuse! Never EVER use the same password more than once. This one is critical. If one password is figured out, you reduce the potential damage by eliminating duplicates. Use a Password Database. When creating unique passwords everywhere, it becomes near impossible to keep track of all of them unless you have the mind of Sheldon Cooper.…

Employee Spotlight — Introducing V. Povirk

They sit up in the mezzanine with the ninjas, frequent Jimmy John’s for lunch, walk one mile to and from work, live alone in a studio apartment, has never owned a waterbed and untie their shoes before taking them off. They have never kept a New Year’s resolution and would rather live in the Arctic than a tropical island. It’s my pleasure to introduce to you the talented V. Povirk! Name: V. Povirk Title: Developer Birthplace: Pittsburgh Currently Lives: Saint Paul, MN In their own words: I've written code from a very young age, starting with BASIC on DOS and working based on a children's book from my school library. I remember writing a simple program down on paper and being very excited about how the computer would work through the…

O CrossOver 17 — How Lovely is Your Microsoft Office 2016

For 11 months and 23 days (but who is counting) development has been dangling a carrot in front of marketing. After the release of CrossOver 16, 358 days ago, the company decided to make running the Windows version of Microsoft Office 2016 on macOS and Linux priority numero uno (sorry I just got back from Mexico). There have been challenges, like the explosion of CrossOver on Chrome OS and missed release dates (I am talking about you, June missed release date) and the allocation of company resources. Apparently we have mined all the Wine developers on the planet (if we haven’t mined you contact us). And unkempt promises (I'm looking at you activation codes), and fake news (it works, Jana!) and my complicity (this goes all the way to the top — what…

14 November 2017 by James RameyJames Ramey

3 Tips for Transitioning to Chromebook — A European Experiment

As I boarded my flight from Minneapolis to Warsaw by way of Paris, I was struck with an eerie feeling that this was the first business trip in ten years where I didn’t have my trusty MacBook by my side.  Not only was I leaving behind all the technology that I knew (and loved), but I was venturing out into the world with little more than a fleeting hope that I’d manage to be as productive and entertained with my newfound Google Chromebook.  Failure to do so would mean I’d spend countless hours in my following weeks catching up on productivity lost.  The mere thought of returning to very late nights hunched over my computer answering e-mail upon e-mail upon e-mail gave me pause that maybe this experiment would have been best served…

New Beginnings: CrossOver on Chrome OS

Today is a very exciting day - we have released an open Beta of CrossOver on Chrome OS, which runs on the Android subsystem of Chrome OS and makes it possible to easily and cleanly run Windows applications on an Intel based Chromebook. This is a particularly satisfying for me, personally.  That is, I have always loved technology best when there is are a lot of vibrant options in the market.  With the launch of CrossOver, we believe that Chrome OS becomes an even more compelling choice. And I love this version of CrossOver; I think it's our cleanest and most elegant version yet.  It's inspired by the simplicity and elegance of Android and Chrome OS; I think it's by far the best CrossOver we've ever made. It's been a long journey - we've…

31 August 2017 by James RameyJames Ramey

Is that a defining business model?

Does your business model define your business?  It’s an interesting question that we at CodeWeavers think about regularly.  Our business model is somewhat unconventional compared to those of our competitors.  We offer one technology, CrossOver, which is packaged for two platforms, macOS or Linux, with three levels of support, none or one-year or one-lifetime.  Our customers choose their platform and the level of support, which includes all software updates, upgrades, and help desk, they need for running Windows applications on their macOS or Linux systems.  Experienced customers or customers with older Windows applications (that are rarely or ever updated) tend to select CrossOver One-Version; whereas, most Mac customers and…

13 June 2017 by James RameyJames Ramey

3 Ways to Maximize Your Porting Revenue

One of the questions that I often get when talking with developers looking to port their Windows applications to the Mac or Linux platform is ‘where is the best place to distribute my newly ported software?’.  It’s a logical question.  If you make an investment in your Windows application / game / utility in porting to another platform, you’d naturally like to maximize the return on that investment.  And ideally, you’d like to maximize as quickly as possible.  To start, there is no ideal solution for distribution.  Just like in selling to Windows’ users, it takes research combined with time, effort, and energy to drive revenues.  And while there are significantly fewer applications / games / utilities for Mac…

7 June 2017 by James RameyJames Ramey

🦋 Insane CrossOver Install Video Will Give You Butterflies

We’re getting really excited at CodeWeavers with regards to our CrossOver Android Tech Preview.  Our development team has made incredible progress on this product, and we’ve very close to delivering an official release to the Google Play Store (within weeks really).  For those that don’t know, the next official release of CrossOver Android will have support for Office 2010, 2013, and 2016; support for the Steam client; support for countless games (like Wizard101); and support for hundreds of other applications right ‘out of the box’.  Additionally, we’ve spent considerable effort and energy in allowing end users to try countless other Windows applications on their own.  Some of these applications will run.  Some of…

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