Editing the Top Panel in Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook Edition

After upgrading my eee PC netbook to Ubuntu Netbook Remix 10.04 I found to my dismay that the top gnome-panel is completely locked-down. Unable to find a work-around through gconf-editor or any other easily accessible means, I decided to try my hand at manually editing the gconf configuration files. The following is a tuturial explaining how to remove the Window Picker Applet and add the DockBar and NameBar applets in its place.