CodeWeavers Blogs

Learning From the Seat of a Tank

21 May 2013
by James RameyJames Ramey
Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to play a lot; I mean two – to – three hours a day, every day, since the end of March inside the tank simulation of World of Tanks (WoT). Over 2,500 battles– 1234 wins, 1234 losses, and 39 draws to be exact.  Over the course game play, I’ve managed to learn a few lessons that will no doubt help me in my presidency of CodeWeavers.  It is in that spirit of sharing that I present my Top 10 Lessons from Inside a Tank (and to provide billable hours to the CEO for all the time I’ve spent in battling during work hours): 1.    Idiots Die Quickly – Within seconds of the battle starting.  , there are early tank casualties. Usually, the casualties are the direct result of running headfirst…

Hail the King..

20 March 2013
by James RameyJames Ramey
I am now coming up on my two month anniversary of being named President of CodeWeavers.  It’s been an interesting five year journey to arrive at this ‘summit’ in my career.  Maybe ‘summit’ and ‘career’ are overly optimistic terms for describing the 16 years I’ve given to various companies within the technology industry, but they somewhat reflect where I am today.For those that do not know, I’m James B. Ramey.  I grew up in North Dakota; attended college in Minnesota; and now call Minneapolis (actually one of the suburbs) my home.  My career started in selling computer networking solutions to financial institutions; moved to providing Internet security solutions to quick serve restaurants; and now landed me in software…

What Time is It? Time to Vote!!!!

28 August 2012
by James RameyJames Ramey
Seems like marketing has changed dramatically over the past few years.  The addition of social media has apparently leveled the playing field and changed the dynamics of marketing.  Listening to any of the many 'talking heads' (known as business experts) indicates that if you do not have a 'social presence' you're out of business.  When did it become necessary to have #sm4np, #Inbound12, or #10ThingsIMustDoBeforeIDie hash tagging all your thoughts and ideas out to the Internet to garner much needed attention from consumers?  Does that even work?  For me, the age old adage of having a good product at a fair price that meets a consumer need is the best marketing strategy.  But alas, you can't sing that in…

Rattle Ye Saber…

9 May 2012
by James RameyJames Ramey
It’s coming!  It’s coming!  On May 15th, the world (as we know it) will change forever with the release of Diablo III (otherwise known as the second coming – or third coming, really,).  Gamers tremble at the mere thought of taking on the Prime Evils (again); fighting as a Barbarian, Wizard, Monk, Witch Doctor, or Demon Hunter (again); and trekking through a mythical, beautiful, savage world (again).  And while this feels a bit ‘played-out’, NO ONE doubts that it will be TOTALLY AWESOME.  No one, except CodeWeavers.Don’t get me wrong.  We think the game is going to be EPIC.  Our staff was glued to their keyboards during the Beta testing (literally glued, they refused to leave or eat or bathe).  But as a…

New World Order

30 April 2012
by James RameyJames Ramey
As Interim CEO, I’ve been told that it’s my responsibility to write a blog post for our customers.  I’m not entirely sure that the Actual CEO ever blogged.  The only discussion I remember about blogs was the marketing department repeatedly asking for comments that never came.  But that was the ‘Old World Order’, and it’s a new day at CodeWeavers.  And where there’s a new day, there’s always someone happy to blog on and on about it for tens of other people to roll their eyes in disgust.  Fortunately, I am not one to blog.  I am more prone to interpretive dance.  No, I’m not that guy either.  I guess I’m just a guy who is attempting to find his place in the ‘New World Order’.So what is the ‘New…

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…

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