IJMC Wife 1.0

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Don't read too much into why I picked it for today, it was just sitting 
in my inbox and looked good. It had nothing to do with my mother. -dave

Subject: Bug Report: Wife 1.0

Review of Wife 1.0

Last year, I upgraded my GirlFriend 5.0 to GirlFriend 5.1, which
installs itself as "Fiancee 1.0". Recently, I upgraded Fiancee 1.0
to Wife 1.0 and it's a real memory hog. It has taken up all my
space, and Wife 1.0 must be running before I can do ANYTHING.

It is also spawning Child Processes which are further consuming
system resources. 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.

Additional plug-ins were automatically installed, such as
Mother-In-Law 55.8, and there is no uninstall feature for these
plug-ins. No mention of these behaviors was discussed in the
brochures or documentation, although other users have reported
similar problems.

Because of this, some users that I know have decided to avoid the
headaches associated with these upgrades, and simply move from
Girlfriend 5.0 to Girlfriend 6.0. Unfortunately, this is not without
peril as well, as all traces of Girlfriend 5.0 must be removed from
the system before attempting installation of 6.0.

Even then, Girlfriend 6.0 will repeatedly run system checks (usually
in the background, and often late at night when the system is
asleep) to find evidence of previous versions. To cap it off,
Girlfriend 6.0 apparently has a nag feature reminding about the
advantages of upgrading to Wife 1.0.

However, I do like some of the features that you are planning to
include in the upcoming Girlfriend 6.1 release:

* A "Don't remind me again" button

* Minimize button

* Shutdown feature

* An install shield feature so that Girlfriend can be completely
uninstalled if necessary (so you don't lose cache and other objects)

Unfortunately, since I've already upgraded to Wife 1.0, I don't
think I will be able to take advantage of any of these new features,
unless you decide to include them in the next Mistress release. But,
of course, there is a whole raft of problems associated with the use
of Mistress 1.0 and Wife 1.0 on the same system -- most notably are
system conflicts and continual disk thrashing, which starts shortly
after Wife 1.0 detects Mistress 1.0. Interestingly enough, all
versions of PersonalLawyer still work fine. Finally, Wife 1.0
apparently deletes all MSMoney files before uninstalling itself;
following that, Mistress 1.1 will refuse to install, claiming
insufficient resources.

I personally find all these new tools and conflicts to be too
confusing and time consuming. I'm sticking with Dog 1.0b3. It
slobbers and chews up the paper, but all in all these bugs are
tolerable. It is simple to operate and we get along fine.

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