WANsim allows you to simulate (more accurately, emulate) a WAN connection. In particular, it allows a user to change the emulated WAN speed, latency, variation, packet loss, packet duplication, and packet corruption aspects. It is configured as a network bridge that is established at boot time and uses the Linux Kernel NETEM functionality to accomplish its goals. Although relatively well documented, this functionality is not the easiest to use. WANsim wraps it into a simple to use script.
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.