Compa is a GNOME panel applet which can display the output of any system command on the panel. It can also display the output of a different command in its tooltip, and launch a different command when clicked. The text style can be modified using the Text Attribute Markup Language.
Grab Downloading Flash Video is a Bash script designed to be called via a Linux GNOME Desktop custom shortcut key while a Flash video is playing in your Firefox or Chrome browser. The script attempts to find the file being downloaded, waits for the download to finish, and then copies it to a configured directory. Prior to Flash 10.2, it was easy to find the file yourself in the /tmp directory. But starting with version 10.2, this script is more useful because the file is deleted but internally still open. Note that this is not a universal solution. Some sites, such as YouTube, make it easy to find the URL of the Flash video file. In those cases you may have better success using a download utility such as 'youtube-dl'.
Gswitch automatically changes your GNOME desktop background every so often. The backgrounds are displayed randomly. All background images and style settings are sourced from your list of backgrounds as configured in "System > Preferences > Appearance". By default, images are switched after 20 minutes. Although the images are shown randomly, every image will be shown at least once before you see any repeats.