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Don't you wish you could see the recent NotifyOSD notifications? I know I would - for instance I use a nifty application called Android Notifier that displays NotifyOSD notifications on my computer when I get a new SMS or call on my Phone, but if I'm doing something else when that happens and I miss the notification, there's no way to see it on my computer. And that's just an example, there are many other applications which display NotifyOSD notifications that you might like to see later on in case you've missed the actual notification (like some Twitter clients, etc.).

Recent Notifications Applet

Recent Notifications applet

Well, that's what the Recent Notifications applet was created for: it displays the recemt NotifyOSD notifications. The applet is very simple and doesn't come with tons of features but does its job very well: its icon turns green when you have some unread notifications, you can sort the notifications by application, copy text or link from a notification (useful at times) and that's about it. Simple, easy to use yet so useful!

Here's another screenshot - Recent Notifications lets you copy the text or link from a notification as well as directly visit the link:

Recent notifications copy link

Something like this should really be default in Ubuntu!

Install the Recent Notifications applet in Ubuntu

Recent Notifications applet comes with a PPA for Ubuntu. Add the PPA and install Recent Notifications using the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jconti/recent-notifications
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install recent-notifications

Update: to get an AppIndicator (required for newer Ubuntu versions), also install the following package:
sudo apt-get install indicator-notifications