Got bored, today, and removed Nautilus (never use it anyway) and network-manager.
Replaced NM with WiCD (wicked). Why?
Got tired of looking at the x'ed-out NM app indicator, in the top panel. LoL!
Working great, as usual. Got WiCD installed on all of my machines now (lappy, netbook, usb thumb drives, desktop).
Come on in, the water is fine!