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 Drinking Buddies 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.
seems to have a problem co-existing 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.
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
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 "object-oriented." 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 described 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.