This is completely ridiculous. Linus Torvalds can’t get a green card because of INS beuracracy. But it gets even worse. According to a recent San Jose Mercury article:
U.S. immigration law sets aside 140,000 employment-based green cards each fiscal year. But because of the green card backlog, about 40,000 cards were issued in fiscal year 1999. The approximately 100,000 unused spots don’t roll over to this fiscal year, so they’re lost.
It's just not a good thing when you're forcing valuable tech workers out of the country when more and more the economy is being driven by the very industry they work for. Internet Week has a pretty informative article on <a href="http://www.internetwk.com/lead/lead012600.htm">migrating your existing Windows NT network to Win2k</a>. This is an issue we've been exploring here at Gonzaga for a few months now. Thankfully, since my building is highly Mac-centric I only have a few PC workstations and a couple servers to deal with. I will say the Win2k Professional Beta 3 installation on my office PC went very smoothly and it has a fairly obscure network card. This San Jose Mercury article has the <a href="http://www.mercurycenter.com/svtech/news/indepth/docs/ads013100.htm">lowdown on all the Super Bowl commercials</a>. And that one with the stupid ad that I couldn't remember was <a href="http://lifeminders.com">lifeminders.com</a>. I was certainly pleased to see this <a href="http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/200001/newer.shtml">rumor</a> on Apple Insider yesterday. I love my PowerBook and would definitely prefer being able to just upgrade it to buying a new one.