I want to thank jefftheworld for his awesome tutorials!
That being said, now that I know a little more than I did, I probably would go about the "app removal" stuff a little differently. I found typing using the onscreen keyboard in connectbot to be pretty painful and this contributed to me deleting the apps rather than renaming them (I didn't feel like typing a dozen mv commands in connectbot). If I had it to do over, I would just use ES File Explorer. It has a root option as well as one to mount /system as read/write. Would have been really easy to rename those apps in ES I bet!