Created a wicd template using the instructions found here:
WICD btw is a great network manager, I've found it to be a fair bit better than the default network manager which comes with gnome.
Also I fixed my laptop touchpad problems (this was actually a while back, feb 16th to be exact)
A good tutorial on howto install compiz is here: http://forum.compiz-fusion.org/showthread.php?p=68054
(You will find appropriate links according to your version of compiz ( & ubuntu )
Also download compiz-check.sh from here: http://forlong.blogage.de/entries/pages/Compiz-Check
It is a very good script which tells you what might or might not be wrong with your graphics settings for compiz to work correctly.
Apart from this, Forlong's Blog has some more great tutorials