Upgrading to Wife 1.0
Last year a friend of mine upgraded from Girlfriend
4.0 to Wife 1.0 and found that it's a memory hog leaving few system resources
for other applications. He is also now noticing the Wife 1.0 is also spawning
Child-processes which are further consuming valuable resources. No mention of
this particular phenomenon was included in the product
though other users have informed me that this is to
be expected due to the nature of the application.
Not only that, Wife 1.0 installs itself so that it
is always launched at system initialization where it can monitor all other
system activity. Some applications such as Poker Nite 10.3 , Bachelor Party 2.5,
and Pub nite 7.0 are no longer able to run on the system at all, causing the
system to lockup when launched (even though the apps worked fine
Wife 1.0 provides no installation options. Thus, the
installation of undesired plug-ins such as Mother-in-law 55.8 and the
Brother-in-law Beta is unavoidable. Also, system performance seems to diminish
with each passing day.
Some features my friend would like to see in the
upcoming Wife 2.0:
A "don't remind me again"
Ability to delete the "headache"
An install feature that provides an option to
version without loss of other system
An option to run the network driver in "promiscuous
mode" allowing the system's Hardware Probe feature to be much more
I myself wish I had decided to avoid all of the
headaches associated with Wife 1.0 by sticking with Girlfriend 3.0. Even
here, however, I have found many problems. Apparently you cannot install
Girlfriend 4.0 on top of girlfriend 3.0. You must uninstall Girlfriend 3.0
first, otherwise the two versions of Girlfriend will have conflicts over shared
use of the I/O port.
Other users have told me that this is a
long-standing problem that I should have been aware of. Guess that
explains what happened to versions 1 and 2.
To make matters worse, the uninstall program for
Girlfriend 3.0 doesn't work very well, leaving undesirable traces of the
application in the system. Another identified problem is that all versions of
Girlfriend have annoying little messages about the advantages of upgrading to
All users should be aware that 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. Once
that happens, Mistress 1.1 won't install and you will get an "insufficient
resources "error message. To avoid the aforementioned bug, try installing
Mistress 1.1 on a different system and "never" run any file transfer
applications (such as Laplink) between the two systems.
FYI: Don't even think about a shared