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Taxes, new laptop and back to basics

Yesterday, while millions were watching the academy awards on TV, I was preparing my 2005 tax return. I could care less about the academy awards, but try to tell that to my wife. The TV remote control was untouchable during the show.

Anyway, I had worked and lived in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, and only when I moved to the United States in 1998, I was introduced to the notion of filing taxes with the US government by April 15 every year. I have been using TurboTax since then. I have been very happy with it … until yesterday, because yesterday, and for the first time, TurboTax gave me the dreaded message: “Federal Tax Due: $$$$” instead of the yearly message that I am used to: “Federal Tax Refund: $$$$”. Oh Well!

I also spent some time last weekend getting familiar with my new Dell Inspiron E1705 laptop. It has Intel Core™ Duo Processor, 17 inch UltraSharp™ Wide Screen LCD, 2GB Memory and 100GB Hard Drive. It looks big and feels powerful. I installed Oracle XE and Oracle SQL Developer. I am also planning to install Oracle 9i and 10g and ColdFusion MX server (maybe on a VM).

In his post, Tom Kyte gives a very important and useful advice: Master the basics. So, using his latest book as a guide, I will be sharing the Oracle basics with the rest of the Oracle developers in my group, many of them have been developing Oracle applications for many years and may have forgotten about basic concepts or have not been exposed to some new Oracle features that can make their work a lot easier and faster.

OK! back to work now.

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