Specto is a desktop application that will watch configurable events (such as website updates, emails, file and folder changes, system processes, etc) and then trigger notifications. For example, Specto can watch a website for updates (or a syndication feed, or an image, etc), and notify you when there is activity (otherwise, Specto will just stay out of the way). This changes the way you work, because you can be informed of events instead of having to look out for them.
Specto is simply a must have if you are not really interested in dealing with yet more, ad-filled RSS feeds, but at the same time, would like to be able to keep an eye on certain Web sites or manage a number of e-mail accounts.
Click here to install specto within Gutsy/Hardy Heron or simply search synaptic for specto or open a terminal and issue this command:
sudo apt-get install specto
Access Specto Via Applications->Accessories->Specto