Last year a friend of mine upgraded GirlFriend 6.0 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 phenomenon 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, crashing the system when
selected (even though they always worked fine before). At installation, Wife 1.0
automatically installs undesired Plug-Ins such as MotherInLaw 55.8 and
BrotherInLaw Beta release. As a consequence system performance seems to diminish with
each passing day.
Some features he'd like to see in the upcoming Wife 2.0:
- A "Don't remind me again" button;
- A 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 have greater use.
Another friend decided to avoid all the headaches associated with Wife
1.0 by sticking with Girlfriend 2.0. Even here, however, I found many
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 everyone should have been aware. Apparently the
versions of Girlfriend have conflicts over shared use of the I/O port. You'd
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 annoying problem -- all versions of Girlfriend continually
pop-up annoying messages about the advantages of upgrading to Wife 1.0
***** BUG WARNING *****
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
executing a self - uninstallation. Then Mistress 1.1 will refuse to install,
claiming insufficient system resources.
***** BUG WORK-AROUNDS *****
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 share-ware 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.