I received permission to remain in Ireland for five years without the need for a Work Permit. Happy Day!
Quoting the fifth comment in http://www.lshift.net/blog/2005/07/15/rss-via-gnus:
I finally got it to work! The trick is to set
t so that emacs uses an external program, by default
wget, to fetch the feed, rather than its built-in http support.
I couldnâ€™t have put it better myself (except perhaps to emphasise finally), and without that comment I would still be floundering. Thank you, Matthias.
I called the Immigration Division of the Department of Justice, Equality, and Law Reform again today, just to confirm that they had received the replacement information that I had sent them. I got through on my first attempt, I only had to spend about ten minutes on hold, I still wasnâ€™t in the computer, and the good news was that my case file was on the appropriate personâ€™s desk and I was told that I would receive a decision in a week or two.
Now, I have been told â€œtwo weeksâ€ before, as my previous post attests, but I am choosing to believe that within a week or two I will recieve that politely worded and, in an ideal world, affirmative letter from the department.
In a prescient moment in July, I wrote to the Immigration Division of the Department of Justice, Equality, and Law Reform asking for extended permission to remain without requiring a work permit, as I am entitled to do since I have worked in Ireland for over 60 months. After I was told I was RIFed, I contacted the department by phone (itself a long story) and was told that they would be â€œin communicationâ€ with me within two weeks.
That was four weeks ago. My expectation of receiving a politely worded letter from the department having faded, I phoned the department again last week, another long story in itself.
Iâ€™ve called the departmentâ€™s number so many times that I have it on speed-dial so it takes less time to be hung up on because their queue is full. I also have it registered with our â€œFriends and Familyâ€ calling plan so thereâ€™s a discounted tariff. We should save more through the misnamed plan this period than we have for the whole rest of the time weâ€™ve been on the scheme.
The bad news, once I did get through after two days of trying, was that the person on the other end had no idea why I would have been told two weeks for an application sent in July since the department was still processing applications from April. When I mentioned that I was being made redundant, the person said she would look into my case for me after the phone call, since she couldnâ€™t find my details on computer in front of her.
The worse news, when I was called back later, was that while the department did have a record of my sending a letter, they no longer had either the letter or its supporting documentation, and could I send it all again?
The good news from the same phone call was that my application could be fast-tracked since I was being made redundant. I donâ€™t much like jumping the queue ahead of someone who has been waiting since April (and Iâ€™m sure that the person waiting since April wouldnâ€™t much like me either), but waiting a little bit longer when you are in stable employment makes less of a difference than the difference that freedom from work permits will make to my reemployment prospects.
I have installed Xubuntu 6.06 on my (and I use the term loosely) Fujitsu P1120. Actually, Iâ€™ve installed it about six times so far.
Xubuntu promises a lighter weight window manager for use on older or slower processors like the 800 MHz Crusoe in the P1120, but installation from a netboot is not at straightforward as installing the Ubuntu desktop. The instructions at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/InstallingXubuntu help a lot.
The good news is that the display is automatically configured with the right 1024Ã—600 resolution. The bad news is that the mouse freezes after a suspend-resume, the wireless doesnâ€™t yet work though the Networking tool says that itâ€™s enabled, and I canâ€™t yet persuade it to use the pre-existing encrypted filesystem that is happily used by multiple JDS installs on the same machine.
In the same month that I was told I was RIFed, I was given a bonus. Iâ€™m not complaining, Iâ€™m just bemused at how big companies operate.