Yea the icons are annoying me as well. I can't seem to find a skin that I like. I haven't found any new features that I remember though. =/ I like that you can remotely change the scheduler now. (Yea I'm one of those rare people who remotely accesses my uTorrent)
No, it's not like that. I have a 100kbs upload limit. I think there's something wrong with my modem, since I didn't have such problems before changing to this one together with a new provider. It's also giving me other problems like not letting me use the internet even though I have 5 bars, and it also disconnects multiple times per day.
100kb/s is pretty high upload speed. That's roughly 1mbit, which maxes out your internet upload rate. (Assuming you have 1mbit up) Decrease it to like 10~20. I leave mine at 20kb/s, anything above 25kb/s and I start noticing the side effects and my roommate starts complaining as well, even though we have a 1mbit(125kb/s) upload speed.
Btw the "bars" doesn't really indicate how fast your connection is. Just the strength of the signal.
A little trick I use when I seed back is that instead of seeding until a certain ratio (this takes forever...) I set ratio to 0 and put a time limit of a couple hours or days. This way it's time limited rather than seeding forever at 1kb/s.