Be aware of the following software problems before purchasing.
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
- 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 system resources.
- An option to run the network driver in promiscuous mode whichwould
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 1.0
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
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