I didn't swap my wiper stalk, and I have to access the different display options from the Car menu. I find this to be a bit of a hassle every time I want to change the display, but it's still much better than nothing. One other thing is that without the upgraded stalk, you can't get a digital speedometer in the DIS. I find that enabling the driving school mode with VCDS is a decent substitute.
cOde, are you as overwhemled as I am with all the information out there? Thankfully, there are a lot of great, knowledgeable guys on here. I used these to do all of the Vag-Com mods that I wanted:
I'm going to try to track down NPuter's writeup that he referred to. In the meantime, enabling the trip computer is covered in the second link.