Published on January 10, 2006 By ZubaZ In Personal Computing
I picked up the desktop pet and think it's pretty cool . . . but there are some things right off the bat I wish for:

A better ball, something like this: Link. Maybe being able to play kick with him.
More interaction with the little guy (all it appears I can do is tickle/pet and move). Being able to put him to bed. Or making him take medicine. Or a behavior change when I move him away from the trash can.
Give him a radio/BoomBox. With access to my playlist. Let him pick the music.
Give him access to my desktop icons and/or windows. Let him decorate (move, apply icons via Icon Packager if available) his living space.
Give him a matching skin/suite (with wallpaper)
Give him more sounds (louder too, kicking the ball is much louder than his tickle giggle)
Fix layering (every once in a while the ball goes behind an object (usually the box) and the lil' guy will be in front of it and still kick it.
Always on top option. I almost always have windows open.
Be able to skin him (in the Windoblinds sense, not the taxidermist).
Allow for tribblization: Advanced Sex Link

For $8.95 he does what he does well. I got my money's worth. But I know he can do much more . . .

Any other wishes?

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on Jan 10, 2006
Suggestions noted, and will be considered for any future development. Thanks for taking the time to make them.
on Jan 10, 2006
Those are just the Day 1 items Laurence . . we'll have to see what tomorrow brings.
I have mixed feelings about being such a crappy DX developer. On one hand I wish I could make the changes myself, on the other . . . making changes seems a lot like work.

Thanks for the DP (and Natural Desktop). They make sitting in front of PCs all day much more tolerable. {Hmmm . . how could the pet interact with ND?}

I also appreciate that Stardock is so responsive to user feedback. Great customer support!


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on Jan 10, 2006
Thanks for the DP (and Natural Desktop). They make sitting in front of PCs all day much more tolerable. {Hmmm . . how could the pet interact with ND?}


That would be interesting...such as giving the DP a wardrobe. If you have ND, the wallpaper changes to match the weather outside, so why couldn't the Pet? A rain coat and galoshes for the wet days; a coat, hat, gloves, boots, and scarf for snow or icy days; a bathing suit or shorts/tank top for hot days, and maybe just a dress (if it's a girl..lol) for those pleasant Spring days.
DD


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on Jan 10, 2006
Dual monitor support would be nice.
on Jan 10, 2006
Dual monitor support would be nice.


. . . through Multiplicity.


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on Jan 10, 2006
Actually, one of my earliest thoughts was to make it travel between computers. I think it would be a little over the top for a DesktopX gadget, though. Maybe someday.
on Jan 10, 2006
Actually, one of my earliest thoughts was to make it travel between computers.


Great minds I guess.

If these are the only enhancements that folks come up with . . . you did good with what you did.


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on Jan 11, 2006
Day 2 requests:
Make/unmake the bed on click (placing DP on unmade bed put him to sleep}
  Aim the fireworks cannon
  Add ticker to top of box
  Add moods to DP (if hungry he cries or gets angry and gets in the way under your mouse, if tired he trudges slowly, if sick have him get sick; provide a rag to clean up.
  Clicking one side of ball or the other affects movement [cool!]. . . but poking DP in the eye makes him laugh. You are a sick man Laurence.
  More system information available (and better UI for what's there).
    ? Butterfly changes color if internet access available
    Improve default DX bar graph on drive space to fit DP environment
    ? Fireworks height dependant on free resources
  User mods {who knows, maybe I'll learn some DX scripting}

I guess I'm looking for more interaction with the pet. Not sure if that's possible for the price point . . . but if I don't ask . . .



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on Jan 11, 2006
My little guy needs a mate. He starting to spray all over my screen.
on Jan 11, 2006
My little guy needs a mate. He starting to spray all over my screen.


That would be so cool [from a certain point of view].

My pet locked up. He's become catatonic. Boredom and sleep are maxed out. Waste is yellow. Hunger and sickness are nil. But he won't do anything. I may have to put him down and get another.

It's just like my goldfish all over again!

Poor, poor bubbles.
Ashes to ashes, flush to flush.
on Jan 12, 2006
Day 3.

On restart the objects are not where I left them.


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on Jan 12, 2006
More day 3.

Throw the little guy: watch him roll/fly!


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on Jan 12, 2006
Yes, the object movement on restart is a little annoying. Hoping to get a fix for that in the underlying platform (DesktopX), as it should be saving them . . .

Zubaz: There should be a a reset script in the pet's app folder, if you need to.
on Jan 13, 2006
Yes, the object movement on restart is a little annoying.


Day four.

Why doesn't the little guy put the other objects where he wants them on load?


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on Jan 16, 2006
Day 7
Why doesn't the medicine open cleanmgr.exe or some such thing?

Don't worry GR, I'm running out of objects to tweak.


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