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 that 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 that I can't find the switch to turn the sound off. I just have to run them separately, and it works OK.
GirlFriend also seems to have a problem co-existing with my Sailing program, often trying to abort Sailing with some sort of timing incompatibility.
I probably should have stayed with GirlFriend 1.0, but I thought that I might see better performance from GirlFriend 2.0. After months of conflicts and other problems, I consulted a friend who has some experience with GirlFriend 2.0. He said that I probably didn't have enough cache to run GirlFriend 2.0 and eventually it would require a token ring to run correctly. 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 that 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 SCUSI probe first and installed a virus protection program. It worked all right for a while, but then I discovered that I still had GirlFriend 1.0 in my system. I tried running GirlFriend 1.0 again with GirlFriend 4.0 still installed, but GirlFriend 4.0 has a feature that automatically senses the presence of any other version of GirlFriend and communicates with it in some way. This results in the immediate deletion of both versions.
The version that I now have works pretty well, but there are still some problems. Like all versions of GirlFriend it is written in some obscure language that I can't understand, much less reprogram. Frankly I think that there is too much attention paid to the look and the feel rather than to the desired functionality. Also, in order to get the best connections with your hardware you usually have to use gold plated contacts. Additionally I've never liked the way in which GirlFriend is totally object orientated.
A year ago, a friend of mine upgraded his version of GirlFriend to GirlFriendPlus 1.0, which is a Terminate and Stay Resident version. 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. He describes this as a huge resource hog. It has taken up all of his space and therefore he is unable to load anything else.
One of the primary reasons that he decided to go with Wife 1.0 was because it came bundled with FreeSexPlus. Well it turns out that the resource allocation module of Wife 1.0 sometimes prohibits access to FreeSexPlus, particularly the new Plug-ins that he wanted to try. On top of that, Wife 1.0 requires 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 that he can't turn off.
I told him to try installing Mistress 1.0, but he said that he'd heard that 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.