Archive for September, 2008
As of 8:50 AM this morning, I’m an American.
Here’s the timeline for me:
- March 30, 2008 – Sent in Application N-400
- April 3, 2008 – Received application
- May – Fingerprinting appointment
- September 19, 2008 – Citizenship interview
- September 29, 2008 – Oath
- September 29, 2008 – Registered to vote
I lost access to the audio CD I was given at the fingerprinting and ID stage of my US naturalization. At this appointment, upon leaving, I was given a Booklet and Audio CD (Both titled: “Learn About the United States: Quick Civics Lessons”). Strangely enough, I could not find the Audio CD anywhere online (except one Russian site ILLEGALLY selling the MP3s). On closer examination of the CD, when I finally got it back, I realized that the CD was not, in fact, copyrighted (this should have been obvious, I know, as it was a government publication), so I am enclosing a link to the torrent (2 mp3 files):
- Quick Civics Lessons: Audio CD torrent (removed December 12, 2008…. Hope everyone got it)
A Cautionary Note:
Anyone applying (submitting form N-400) for US Citizenship on or after October 1, 2008 will have to take a DIFFERENT test (i.e., this audio CD does not cover enough). The new test, based on a quick perusal of the questions, is significantly tougher. After Oct 1, 2008, anyone TAKING the test can opt for either test.
I’ve found a number of references to the obscure error on the web:
Failure trying to run: chroot /target mount -t proc proc /proc
After careful diagnosis, I have come to the conclusion that this error has three causes (at least for me):
- A bad CD drive. [replace it]
- Bad CD-media or a badly written CD. [slow down the write, or change media]
- CD drive incorrectly connected (Cable Select, Master, Slave: incorrectly set) [check that cable and setting match, and that you have at least 1 Master connected, with the drive either set to CS or Master on a proper cable]
I hope posting this helps other people, as this problem took quite a while to diagnose, and much hair-pulling was involved. In my case, it was a “gradually” degrading CD drive (1), although I’ve also experienced (2).
I got a call yesterday from the British Consulate in Denver, asking when I wanted to come in and swear my oath. I went in today at lunch. It’s official. Yes that’s Kevin Lynch, the consul himself.