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
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, 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:
1. A "Don't remind me again" button
2. Minimize button
3. An uninstall shield feature that allows Wife 2.0 to be installed
with the option to uninstall at anytime without the loss of cache and
other system resources.
4. An option to run the network driver in promiscuous mode which would
allow the system's hardware probe feature to have greater use.
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 annoying problem - all versions of GirlFriend continually pop
up annoying messages about the advantages of upgrading 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
*** BUG WORK-AROUNDS *** To avoid the above bug, try installing
Mistress 1.1 on a different system and never run any file transfer
application such as LapLink 6.0. Also beware of similar shareware
application that have been known to carry viruses that may affectWife
Another solution would be to run Mistress 1.1 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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