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26 February 2011 by James RameyJames Ramey

Where's the Service?

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,…

14 February 2011 by James RameyJames Ramey

Is Software Romantic

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…

2 February 2011 by James RameyJames Ramey

Is This the Start of Obsolete Me?

In the world of technology, the greatest fear is of becoming obsolete.  Becoming an obsolete technology is an incredibly difficult process.  Evolution is rarely immediate.  Technology is very adaptable,  And consumers fight change.  Technology is my world; and until this past MacWorld, I never considered that I too could one day become obsolete.  Allow me to explain...At MacWorld, you see all kinds of people.  You meet the tech gurus who were Mac before Mac became cool.  You meet the excited n00bs who have just switched from PCs to Macs.  You meet the iPods, the iPhones, the iPads who have embraced the portable lifestyle.  You meet students curious about the future of technology.  You meet parents who…

25 January 2011 by James RameyJames Ramey

Smells Like Change to Me

I am sitting in San Francisco at one of the tens and tens of Starbucks located throughout the Market District of the city waiting for MacWorld 2011 to commence later this week.  As I type on my NetBook which is linked to the Internet via my Android phone, I can't help but imagine what the landscape of technology will look like in two or three years.  I think I see the point in time where the computer will be obsolete.  As the Internet continues to evolve, I firmly believe that Internet enabled devices (like my Android phone or tablets or even Internet enabled televisions) will reign supreme (very soon).  20 years ago, the Internet was a bulletin board used by a handful of universities.  15 years ago, the Internet was a dial-up modem…

18 February 2010 by James RameyJames Ramey

Mission France

CodeWeavers is now preparing to become a French citizen.  Like French fries, French cut green beans, and French Bread, CodeWeavers is going to have a French presence.  We are in the process of releasing our new French based CodeWeavers website with native support for French speaking customers.  Its a radical departure for our company.  Like other software developers, we harbored the belief that a distribution network made up of value added resellers and various partners was the more logical means for distributing our software to the masses (especially the foreign masses).  This 'acceptable means for business' is being challenged by the available technology.  With a VoIP phone, a website written in said foreign language, a…

3 April 2009 by James RameyJames Ramey

The Weather and Other Things I Want Changed

I am not the biggest fan of snow.  I think every Christmas should have snow as there is nothing quite like a 'white Christmas' to warm the heart.  Just thinking of a night slay ride through the woods with the snow gently falling, trees decorated in lights, and the fresh scent of pine and sugar cookies in the air is nothing short of perfect.  But its not ever like that!!!  I can't remember the last time I had a slay ride, and the woods at night is really just kind of creepy.  Additionally, the snow never seems to fall gently in Minneapolis.  The snow is either a blizzard or sleet push around by treacherous winds smacking you in your ice cold face.  Unfortunately, I live in Minnesota where snow is a very real possibility from…

4 March 2009 by James RameyJames Ramey

If you have nothing to say in a forest, does the tree still fall on you?

I think BLOGS are interesting, pretty, funny, and nice.  However, I never feel that I have enough witty comments to make reading a BLOG worthwhile.  Don't get me wrong, I am rather cool (in my own mind).  HOWEVER, I am also rather boring.  I lead a normal life in the suburbs with a family and a dog.  Not the stuff that makes you jump out of your seat and go 'HOLY COW, THAT'S HOT!!!'.  So, I have decided to make up all the information in my BLOG postings so they are rather cool and rather dangerous.  I hope that you enjoy the alter-reality that I call virtual life....First, TEAM FORTRESS 2 on a MAC is AWESOME.  I use CrossOver Mac Games to access TF2 on my MacBook Pro, and I LOVE IT.  I play way more then I should,…

27 May 2008 by James RameyJames Ramey

Ten Things I Have Learned From Team Fortress 2

We go through our days looking for meaning and purpose to our lives, and I think I've found just that in playing Team Fortress 2.  While I am getting better almost daily, I have found several life lessons from killing (and being killed) in the course of hours (and hours) of gameplay.  I thought I'd share a few of the more poignant lessons.10)  Rushing into any situation with guns blazing and little forethought only leads to a quick and painful death.9)  Having great focus (Sniper) without any direction or goals is meaningless.8)  Being the fastest (Scout) or the strongest (Heavy) isn't nearly as effective as being prepared.7)  You can heal (Medic) the pain of others, but you're not very effective if you do so at your own…

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