I use the Dashboard view all the time and something I would find extremely useful is if when a task in my Active Jobs list has any new comments/activity, it would become highlighted somehow, e.g. like an unread email (where it's bolded).
Visually this would make long lists of tasks easier to stay on top of with new comments, etc. instead of always checking "Stream" or relying on email notifications. Because not all users consistently use the "@" tagging function. It also would eliminate having to click on "Inbox" to see new comments in the not-as-optimal long list view.