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Magic Mirror on the Wall is our 2015 New Website the Fairest of Them All?

13 October 2015
by Jana SchmidJana Schmid
The year was 2012. It was the last time our website was redesigned. It was a time when it was believed that Adobe Flash would survive, it was the death of the fold and typography was really started to explode in the world of web design. It was a time when the most searched company stock was Facebook, the most searched song lyrics was Gangnam Style, Katniss Everdeen was the most popular Halloween costume, the Michael Phelps diet was trending, and the endangered species that Americans were concerned about most was the Braken Bat Cave meshweaver. Diablo 3 was one of the top trending video games, basketball player Jeremy Lin caught the attention of Americans and out of all searches in 2012 Whitney Houston was at the top. ‘How to love’ was the most searched…

How I'm Earning My Beer, part 3

12 October 2015
by Caron WillsCaron Wills
The final piece is getting Wine Test Daily to run automagically. That means, it should run when I'm not here, whenever Wine has been updated. Sure, I can reach over and start all of the tests on each system here at CodeWeavers every day when I appear at work but the fact that I can have my systems setup to do it for me is more than appreciated. It's one of the best features of wt-daily, it checks to see if it needs to run. It stores the last git commit number in a file and whenever it's called, it compares the current git commit with the last one it used. If they are different, wt-daily runs a new set of tests. WineHQ gets commits a little after I arrive at work. I'm happy to manually start the tests but often times losing my Macs for an hour to automatic…

How I'm Earning My Beer, part 2

7 October 2015
by Caron WillsCaron Wills
After completing the first part; Wine's Conformance Tests ran and that was all well and good and fun. There was a flurry of flashes on the screen, various windows were named after various tests, sound played, I rejoiced. It was an exciting accomplishment!But the report did not work. My results did not show up and I was quickly frustrated. This is where I considered giving up.I don't need to have a beer, right?I mean, that's really a simple carrot and nothing else. I wanted to submit the results but if it won't run, it won't run; and it did run but for some reason it didn't report. This is where the community comes in. This is where we often don't realize how many people are around us willing to help. I dropped a hint at my frustrations into chat and…

How I'm Earning My Beer, part 1

2 October 2015
by Caron WillsCaron Wills
I had the pleasure of attending WineConf 2015 in Vienna, Austria. The weather was better than I could have asked for, the food was excellent. The company of thirty five other contributors to Wine was encouraging and appreciated. It's the first WineConf in years and it was well overdue. Everyone's reports are trickling in and we're all scurrying to do the work asked of us to help move the project along. The coming weeks and months should reveal the community is more driven than ever. We've re-united with those who had trickled to Wine-Staging and there's a flurry of updates going to wiki pages, blogs, and articles all around. Not to mention the process changes, thinking around bugs and forums, and so much more. My little piece has to do with…

Epic Marketing Rock Stars We Hear You

Every once in a while you have a blog topic bouncing around in your head, but you lack the inspiration to start it. Well I got it, on Sunday, when I was at the mall with my 2 kids enjoying a beautiful morning full of ice lattes, lemon bread and the Fall's latest fashions.My phone dings. It's Twitter. Someone mentioned me. On CodeWeavers corporate account. The Tweet asked who our target market was, and opined that if it was Apple then we should really work on our newsletter layout. With #servicetweet. Instantly, my blood pressures skyrockets. Did I royally screw up something? Did I put a Linux box on a Mac promotion? Quickly I pull up the 'newsletter,' which is actually an email promotion we're running. You know: to-may-to, to-mah-to. But after a quick…

Why are Tiers Sometimes So Goofy in World of Warships?

10 September 2015
by Jon ParshallJon Parshall
[As some of you may recall, I'm testing World of Warships at work, because we're doing the Mac port of this forthcoming game for Wargaming, Inc. That's right, playing games actually is "testing." As it happens, too, I'm also a naval historian who's written a book on the Battle of Midway, an adjunct lecturer for the U.S. Naval War College, and and blah blah blah. So, not surprisingly, I've been enjoying my testing. Here are some further ruminations on the game...]I can still recall the first time I encountered a Cleveland-class cruiser in World of Warships. The memory of it was that searing. I was sailing around in my Tier 4 Phoenix, guarding a channel between some islands. My radar suddenly showed a possible enemy cruiser. But when I looked through my…

Two Weeks in CrossOver: Wine 1.7.48 now on board

12 August 2015
by Caron WillsCaron Wills
This week we spent quality time with World of Tanks to test how well it runs across Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite and El Capitan. We performed a framerate check on various systems with several graphics cards and verified room for improvement in performance. This work has been given to Wargaming along with a fix for a beautiful LED light experience on Intel graphics cards. We retested Vanguard Princess with the latest version of the unofficial xbox driver on El Capitan. We verified that our implementation work for winmm remains functional and that gameplay proceeds as expected on Yosemite and El Capitan. We confirmed that Neverwinter Nights 2 servers have been shut down. While this is not surprising, it will come as a disappointment to…

It Had To Happen: I'm Playing World of Warships (on Mac)

11 August 2015  
by Jon ParshallJon Parshall
It's no longer a secret that we've been doing work for Wargaming, Inc., the makers of the hugely popular World of Tanks, World of Warplanes, and the forthcoming World of Warships (which is currently in open beta). We're doing the Mac port of World of Warships, and we've gotten to the point where it's in good enough shape that it needs some serious testing. And who better to do some serious testing than a naval historian who's written a book on the Battle of Midway, and who is an adjunct lecturer for the U.S. Naval War College, and given talks at Pearl Harbor, the National WWII Museum, the Nimitz Museum, and blah blah blah? Yeah, ummm, I guess that'd be me. Splash screen for World of Warships, running on my Mac. Late-war Nagato-class battleship, so…

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