CodeWeavers Blogs

29 October 2014 by James RameyJames Ramey

"You’re only as good as the world allows you to be!" - A Reflection on the Release of CrossOver 14

It’s been almost two weeks since CodeWeavers released CrossOver 14 for Mac and Linux.  James Ramey, President of CodeWeavers reflects on the trials and tribulations of getting a new release of our CrossOver software out the door.   "Why so serious?"  One of my favorite movies characters is Heath Ledger's portrayal of The Joker from The Dark Knight.  The character is so entertaining that you overlook the nuances and depth of The Joker; and because Ledger was so convincing in this role (as if it were a part of himself), you forget that he spent almost six months preparing to become this character on screen.  In many ways, I consider this latest release of CrossOver 14 to be a similar artistic…

20 October 2014 by James RameyJames Ramey

Game Changer - World of Tanks Mac

To state that I am hooked on World of Tanks is an understatement.  Over the last year or so, I’ve logged nearly 6400 battles.  But unlike most everyone else in the game, I’m playing on a Mac computer (MacBook Pro - 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7; 16 GB RAM; NVIDIA GeForce GT 650 M Video Card).  I’ve been playing on the Mac computer since CodeWeavers started working with Wargaming to port their highly successful free to play title to OS X in late 2013.  And after a year of development and testing, the Mac version of World of Tanks will soon be released to the masses around the world.  I am very excited as the release of the Mac version of World of Tanks marks how far CodeWeavers technology and the Apple…

21 May 2013 by James RameyJames Ramey

Learning From the Seat of a Tank

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…

20 March 2013 by James RameyJames Ramey

Hail the King..

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…

28 August 2012 by James RameyJames Ramey

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

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…

9 May 2012 by James RameyJames Ramey

Rattle Ye Saber…

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…

30 April 2012 by James RameyJames Ramey

New World Order

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…

31 March 2011 by James RameyJames Ramey

The Prophecy of Linux (again)!

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…

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