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(nil): Kostas Sidiropoulos (ksid(@)
Ημερομηνία: Τρι 04 Νοε 1997 - 15:50:14 EET


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 that 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 documentation, 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 PokerNite 10.3,
Bachelor Party 2.5, and Pubnite 7.0 are no longer able to run
in the system at all, causing the system to lockup when launched
(even though these apps worked fine before).

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" button.
       - Minimize button.
       - An install shield feature that allows Wife 2.0 to be installed
         with the option of uninstalling at any time without loss of
         Cache and other system resources.
       - An option to run the network driver in "promiscuous mode"
         which would allow the system's Hardware Probe feature to be
         much more useful.

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 had 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.

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 continually popup annoying little messages
about the advantages of upgrading to Wife 1.0.

                          ****** BUG WARNING ***********

     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. Then for some reason Mistress 1.1 won't install
     at all, claiming insufficient resources. 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.

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