Girlfriend And Wife 1.0
Last year a friend of mine upgraded GirlFriend 1.0 to Wife 1.0 and
found that it's a memory hog leaving very little system resources for other
applications. He is only now noticing that Wife 1.0 also is spawning
Child-Processes which are further consuming valuable resources. No
mention of this particular phenomena was included in the product brochure or
the documentation, though other users have informed him that this is
to be expected due to the nature of the application. Not only that, Wife
1.0 installs itself such that it is always launched at system
initialization where it can monitor all other system activity. He's finding
that some applications such as PokerNight 10.3, BeerBash 2.5, and PubNight
7.0 are no longer able to run in the system at all, crashing the
system when selected (even though they always worked fine before).
At installation, Wife 1.0 provides no option as to the installation of
undesired Plug-Ins such as MotherInLaw 55.8 and BrotherInLaw Beta
release. Also, system performance seems to diminish with each passing day.
The features he'd like to see in the upcoming Wife 2.0 include:
- A"Don't remind me again" button
- Minimize button
- An install shield feature that allows Wife 2.0 to be installed with
the option to uninstall at anytime without the loss of cache and other
An option to run the network driver in promiscuous mode which would
allow the systems hardware probe feature to be much more useful.
I myself decided to avoid all of the headaches associated with Wife 1.0
by sticking with Girlfriend 2.0. Even here, however, I found many
problems. Apparently you cannot install Girlfriend 2.0 on top of Girlfriend
1.0. You must uninstall Girlfriend 1.0 first. Other users say this is
a long standing bug which I should have been aware of. Apparently the
versions of Girlfriend have conflicts over shared use of the I/O port.
You think they would have fixed such a stupid bug by now. To make
matters worse, The uninstall program for Girlfriend 1.0 doesn't work very
well leaving undesirable
traces of the application in the system.
Another thing that sucks -- all versions of Girlfriend continually
pop-up little annoying messages about the advantages of upgrading to Wife
Wife 1.0 has an undocumented bug. If you try to install Mistress 1.1
before uninstalling Wife 1.0, Wife 1.0 will delete MSMoney files before
doing the uninstall itself. Then Mistress 1.1 will refuse to install,
claiming insufficient resources.
To avoid the above bug, try installing Mistress 1.1 on a different
system and never run any file transfer applications such as LapLink 6.0.
Also, beware of similar shareware applications that have been known to
carry viruses that may affect Wife 1.0.
Another solution would be to run Mistress 1.0 via a UseNet provider
under an anonymous name. Here again, beware of the viruses which can
accidentally be downloaded from the UseNet.
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