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Subject: Life & Software
From: "M. David Gelbman" <>
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 1998 15:33:39 -0400
Organization: Network Peripherals, Inc.

I'm currently running the latest version of girlfriend and I've been 
having some problems lately.  I've been running the same version of 
DrinkingBuddies 1.0 forever as my primary application, and all the
girlfriend releases I've tried have always conflicted with it.

I hear that DrinkingBuddies won't crash if girlfriend is run in
background mode and the sound is turned off.  But I'm embarrassed to say
I can't find the switch to turn the sound off.  I just run them
separately, and it works okay. Girlfriend also seems to have a problem
coexisting with my Golf program, often trying to abort Golf with some
sort of timing incompatibility.

I probably should have stayed with girlfriend 1.0, but I thought I 
might see better performance from girlfriend 2.0.  After months of 
conflicts and other problems, I consulted a friend who has had
experience with girlfriend 2.0.  He said I probably didn't have enough 
cache to run girlfriend 2.0, and eventually it would require a Token
Ring to run properly.  He was right - as soon as I purged my cache, it 
uninstalled itself.  Shortly after that, I installed girlfriend 3.0
beta.  All the bugs were supposed to be gone, but the first time I 
used it, it gave me a virus anyway.  I had to clean out my whole
system and shut down for a while.

I very cautiously upgraded to girlfriend 4.0.  This time I used a SCSI 
probe first and also installed a virus protection program.  It worked 
okay for a while until I discovered that girlfriend 1.0 was still in
my system.  I tried running girlfriend 1.0 again with girlfriend 4.0 
still installed, but girlfriend 4.0 has a feature I didn't know about 
that automatically senses the presence of any other version of
girlfriend and communicates with it in some way, which results in the 
immediate removal of both versions.

The version I have now works pretty well, but there are still some 
problems.  Like all versions of girlfriend, it is written in some
obscure language I can't understand, much less reprogram.  Frankly I 
think there is too much attention paid to the look and feel
rather than the desired functionality.  Also, to get the best
connections with your hardware, you usually have to use gold-plated
contacts.  And I've never liked how girlfriend is totally

A year ago, a friend of mine upgraded his version of girlfriend to
GirlFriendPlus 1.0, which is a Terminate and Stay Resident version of 
girlfriend.  He discovered that GirlFriendPlus 1.0 expires within a
year if you don't upgrade to Fiancee 1.0.  So he did, but soon after 
that, he had to upgrade to Wife 1.0, which he describes as a huge
resource hog. It has taken up all his space, so he can't load
anything else. One of the primary reasons he decided to go with Wife
1.0 was because it came bundled with FreeSexPlus.  Well, it turns out
the resource allocation module of Wife 1.0 sometimes prohibits access
to FreeSexPlus, particularly the new Plug-Ins he wanted to try.

On top of that, Wife 1.0 must be running on a well warmed-up system
before he can do anything.  Although he did not ask for it, Wife 1.0
came with MotherInLaw which has an automatic pop-up feature he can't
turn off.  I told him to try installing Mistress 1.0, but he said he
heard if you try to run it without first uninstalling Wife 1.0, Wife 1.0
will delete MSMoney files before doing the uninstall itself.  Then
Mistress 1.0 won't install anyway because of insufficient resources.

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