The release of WP 2.7 is scheduled for the 10th and I’ve already installed RC1 and have been thoroughly impressed so far. The admin area and menus have been completely overhauled and the results are great. I highly recommend the upgrade.
The update also added nice stuff that was previously accomplished with plugins. The Dashboard is a lot more customizable now. Plugins can now be installed from within WordPress by either searching the Extend repository or uploading a zip. You can also delete plugins too so that eliminates most of the need for FTP access.
I updated my plugins to be compatible with 2.7 so grab those updates.
I’m also getting ready to start building up my photo gallery at Picasa and sticking to an organization system that works. Picasa 3 is a very nice piece of software to help accomplish that.