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 romantic.  If being able to run Windows software on your Mac or Linux computer is what fuels your passion, then 'yes' software can be your burning flame.  If having the best of both worlds without having to have both worlds is the ideal setting for your perfect date, then 'yes' software can be romantic.  Maybe I am just speaking to my fellow geeks when I say that software can be as romantic as any flower, any chocolate, or any piece of jewelry you could deliver to the one you love, but I would appreciate getting software on this Hallmark of a holiday.  

That's probably a big stretch.  Truth is that most software (while incredibly practical) just isn't sexy enough for a holiday devoted to red hearts.  And if I had to choose between software and something really sexy, say a bluetooth mouse, I'd have to pick the mouse (am I right my fellow geeks?).  But I think software lends itself to the adage that there is a time and a place for everything.  There is a time for romance and a time for practicality.  There is a time to play it safe and a time to walk on the wild side.  And while CrossOver may not be the perfect software, there is a time and a place to try CrossOver first.  And, I believe that time and place is President's Day...  Actually, that time and place is anytime you need to run one or two Windows programs on your Mac and want to save time and money in the process (saving money is sexy).  And if software is your idea of the most romantic gift imaginable, be sure to point your lover to  Because its always sexy to get what you really want!

About James B. Ramey
James B. Ramey is President of CodeWeavers. His life long love of video gaming started at the tender age of six with an Atari 2600 and evolved over time to include Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Apple Mac IIc, Windows PC, and MacBook Pro. When not fiddling with technology, James enjoys cooking, travel, debating politics in the office, and spending time with his wife, daughter, and their three Shar Pei cross dogs. For the past 20 years, James has worked with clients around the world in best implementing technology to maximize a return on their investment. He is a graduate of Moorhead State University and earned his graduate degree (MBA) online from the University of Phoenix. You can find James on Twitter at @jbramey.

About CodeWeavers
Founded in 1996 as a general software consultancy, CodeWeavers focuses on the development of Wine – the core technology found in all of its CrossOver products. The company's goal is to bring expanded market opportunities for Windows software developers by making it easier, faster and more painless to port Windows software to Mac and Linux. CodeWeavers is recognized as a leader in open-source Windows porting technology, and maintains development offices in Minnesota, the United Kingdom and elsewhere around the world. The company is privately held.

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