This is my first entry to the U.S. with fingerprints recorded. Visa Waiver no longer waives that intimidating Homeland Securty Act measures.
That much I understood a priori. What I didn't know was....
You are visiting here for.... Dan:
A conference. OSCON 2005 Officer:
Your company is... Dan:
I'm self-employed. Officer:
What kind of conference? Dan:
Open Source. Officer:
Open Source? What is that?
How many times have you hosted OSCON, Portland?
Do you have any information about the conference with you? Dan:
Well, I have mails. Nice computer you've got. Can you check web pages with that? Officer:
Unfortunately, no. Don't you have anything in paper? Dan:
No. Do you want to check my powerbook? Officer:
That's fine. I believe you. But next time you visit bring more materials about the conference. Dan:
How fortunate I am not a U.S. Citizen. If I were I couldn't stand the system that checks my fingerprint and portrait without being able to check puny web pages.