A guy's lighter side of IT Support

  MichelleC 13:57 03 Feb 2003

I thought some may find this amusing (courtesy of John Thomson - forfront)

Subject: Dear IT Support,

Eighteen months ago I upgraded to Girlfriend 1.0 from Drinking Mates 4.2 which I'd used for years without any trouble. However, there are apparently conflicts between these two products and the only solution was to try to run Girlfriend1.0 with the sound turned off. To make matters worse, Girlfriend 1.0 is also incompatible with several other applications, such as Lads Night Out 3.1, Football 2 and Playboy 6.1. Successive versions of Girlfriend proved no better. A shareware beta-programme, Party Girl 2.1, which I tried, had many bugs and left a virus in my system, forcing me to shut down completely for several weeks. Eventually I tried to run Girlfriend 1.2 and Girlfriend 1.0 at the same time, only to discover that when these two systems detected each other they caused severe damage to my hardware. Sensing a way out, I then upgraded to Fiancé 1.0 only to discover that this product soon had to be upgraded (at great cost) to Wife 1.0, which I reluctantly agreed to because, whilst Wife 1.0 tends to use up all my available resources, it does come bundled with FreeSex Plus and Cleanhouse 2000. Shortly after this upgrade however I then discovered that Wife1.0 can be very unstable and costly to run. For example, any mistakes I made were automatically stored in Wife 1.0's memory and could not be deleted. They then resurfaced months later when I had forgotten about them. Wife 1.0 also has an automatic Diary Explorer and E-mail porn filter, and can, without warning, launch Photostrop and Whingezip! These latter products have no help files and I have to try to guess what the problem is myself. Additional costly problems are that Wife 1.0 needs updating regularly, requiring Shoe Shop Browser for new attachments and also Hairstyle Express
which needs to be reinstalled every other week. Wife 1.0 also spawns unwelcome child processing that also drains my resources. It also conflicted with some of the new games I wanted to try, stating that they are an illegal operation. When Wife 1.0 attaches itself to my Audi TT programme it often crashes or runs the system dry. Wife 1.0 also has a rather annoying pop-up called mother-in-law, which can't be turned off. Recently I've attempted to try Mistress 2001, but there could be problems: a friend has alerted me
to the fact that if Wife 1.0 detects the presence of Mistress 2001 it tends to
delete all my MS Money files before un-installing itself. Please can you help me?

Dear Joe,
This is a very common problem that men complain about but it is mostly due to a primary misconception. Many people upgrade from Girlfriend 1.0 to Wife 1.0 with the idea that Wife 1.0 is merely a "utilities & entertainment"
program. Wife1.0 is an operating system and designed by its creator to run everything. It is unlikely you would be able to purge Wife1 .0 and still convert back to Girlfriend 1.0. Hidden operating files within your system would cause
Girlfriend 1.0 to emulate Wife 1.0 so nothing would be gained.
It is impossible for you to un-install, delete, or purge the program files
from the system once installed. You cannot go back to Girlfriend 1.0 because Wife1.0
is not designed to do this. Mistress 2001 is a possibility but your friend is
right about the effect this has on your MS Money files. The temptation after that is to install Girlfriend 1.3 or Wife 2.0 but end up with more problems than the original system - (look in your manual under "warnings - alimony/child support"). I recommend you keep Wife 1.0 and just deal with the situation.
Having Wife 1.0 installed myself, I might also
suggest you read the entire section regarding General Partnership Faults (GPFs).
You must assume all responsibility for every fault and problem that might occur, regardless of
its cause. The best course of action will be to enter the
command c:\apologise.
In any case, avoid excessive use of the "esc" key because ultimately you will have to give the apologise command before the operating system will return
to normal. The system will run smoothly as long as you will take the blame for all the GPFs.

Wife 1.0 is a great program, but very high
maintenance. Consider buying
additional software to improve the performance of
Wife 1.0. I recommend Flowers 2.1 and Chocolates 5.0, but do not, under any
circumstances, install Secretary With Short Skirt 3.3. This is not a
supported application for Wife 1.0 and is likely to cause irreversible

damage to the operating system.
Best of luck.

IT Help Desk.

  *mark 14:08 03 Feb 2003

PML :)

  €dstow 14:13 03 Feb 2003

This, or something very similar was posted in Helproom last week.


  oresome 14:30 03 Feb 2003

There's no doubt Wife 1.0 is a useful although flawed program, marred by fuzzy logic and periods of instability. This tends to brought on by me spending a long time at the keyboard.

  Forum Editor 19:44 03 Feb 2003

We've seen this quite a few times before however.

  wee eddie 20:39 03 Feb 2003

This explains my experience of the neat Smirnoff virus to the Wife 1 application, which had to be booted more than once before I was rid of it.

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