One effect of the change is that it makes it easier for me to add gadgets and widgets in the sidebar. I have taken advantage of this new found power to show some of my Flickr photostream and a snapshot of the music I've been listening to but the ability to add polls is potentially more educationally valuable. My first poll asks an not entirely unpredictable question - what you think of the new design so far? :-)
So what do you think?