I always see icons in the right side of the screen which is not by default in Ubuntu. It's interesting for me to know do you move them manually or they appear automatically on the right side? It's OS X style but it's more convenient way to access them after dock.
Aaah, for a second I though you found a solution which will solve my problem too. I hope they change it for next release and make it more stable at all because 11.04 was released in short amount of time with thousands of bugs and glitches.