When a new wordpress version is released you'll probably find out about it sooner then it will be available for automatic installation in your wordpress admin.
This is because wordpress checks for new versions twice a day,but the check is scheduled based on the time when you installed wordpress so unless you're lucky you'll have to wait for up to 12 hours before the update shows up in your wordpress admin and use it.
This gave me the idea that it would be nice if you could check manually as soon as you find out about the upgrade, so I created this plugin that just gives you a button that you click and it will check to see if there's an update available right away. If it finds on it shows you the upgrade link.
Download: WP Version Check-0.1 (95.2 KB)
To check for an update go to wordpress admin -> Tools -> Version Check
MySQL is in danger of dying slowly.
If this happens, anyone running a blog on wordpress and lot of other web and non web applications are going to be in trouble. No more frequent updates, no more in time bug fixes, no more development, possibly higher prices for commercial licenses.
Here's the cause: Oracle is trying to buy Sun and since Sun bough MySQL last year, Oracle is going to end up owning MySQL.
Why is this bad for MySQL?
Well basically Oracle doesn't have any interest in promoting and developing this database server when they already have one that makes them more money. By buying MySQL Oracle eliminates the competition and everybody knows where there's no competition Bad Things Happen TM.
You can read more about the story and also find out how you can help with this on this post: Help Saving MySQL from the creator of MySQL.