What software are you running?

I'm currently am running the latest version of GirlFriend and I've been having some problems lately. I've been running the same version of DrinkingBuddies v1.0 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 co-existing with my Golf program, often trying to abort Golf with some sort of timing incompatibility.

I probably should have stayed with GirlFriend v1.0, but I thought I might see better performance from GirlFriend v2.0. After months of conflicts and other problems, I consulted a friend who has had experience with GirlFriend v2.0. He said I probably didn't have enough cache to run GirlFriend v2.0, 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 v3.0 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 v4.0. 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 v1.0 was still in my system.

I tried running GirlFriend v1.0 again with GirlFriend v4.0 still installed, but GirlFriend v4.0 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 "object-oriented."

A year ago, a friend of mine upgraded his version of GirlFriend to GirlFriendPlus v1.0, which is a Terminate and Stay Resident version of GirlFriend. He discovered that GirlFriendPlus v1.0 expires within a year if you don't upgrade to Fiancee v1.0. So he did, but soon after that, he had to upgrade to Wife v1.0, 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 v1.0 was because it came bundled with FreeSexPlus. Well, it turns out the resource allocation module of Wife v1.0 sometimes prohibits access to FreeSexPlus, particularly the new Plug-Ins he wanted to try. On top of that, Wife v1.0 must be running on a well warmed-up system before he can do anything. Although he did not ask for it, Wife v1.0 came with MotherInLaw which has an automatic pop-up feature he can't turn off.

I told him to try installing Mistress v1.0, but he said he heard if you try to run it without first uninstalling Wife v1.0, Wife v1.0 will delete MSMoney files before doing the uninstall itself. Then Mistress v1.0 won't install anyway because of insufficient resources.