@DCMonkey: Yeah, you're right. I must have been momentarily swayed by all the hate in the comments to that post.
@W3bbo: That arrangement is a PITA. Personally, I'll probably run with it minimized, but it will be with the knowledge that certain commands are only a couple of clicks away instead of buried in menus and dialogs.
I've got users who are perfectly healthy and capable adults, but when faced with a mouse, they have the manual dexterity of a drunken monkey. Having big colorful buttons will help people find and execute commands more easily.