2011-07-14

Just how exciting would you like your government to be?

Me? I like mine boring. Efficient, and boring to the bone.

Take the German Finanzamt, or the Zulassungstelle. The places are boring, their buildings are boring, the work they do is fairly boring, and their websites are just as boring. But they do their job, day in, and day out. They collect taxes, register vehicles, provide unemployment benefits, and whatever else public authorities do. In an efficient, and utterly non-exciting way.

Now today, I got a letter from the California DMV, sent to remind me that my vehicle registration was up for renewal in a few weeks.

So I decide, before I forget, let me take care of this. I go to dmv.ca.gov as the letter suggests, and am greeted with this:

Exciting new features are being added to this website on Thursday, July 14, 2011. Online services will be unavailable between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience as we work to improve your DMV online experience!

Leaving me to scratch my head in bewilderment.

I am in the business of running web pages for a living, and I know that sometimes you have to take the site down for some major work, but it beats the hell out of me to figure out what exciting new features they are talking about.

I hope they won't convert the page to fucking Flash.