I met some people from the Swiss IRS tonight. They are on an IT fact finding mission in Silicon Valley and wanted to know how we built a complete email system for tens of thousands of people on a shoestring at Oddpost. Here’s what’s cool:
– The IRS in Zurich still does everything on paper. There’s no IT to speak of. I have no idea how they got to 2004 like this, but they say that it would take a 15 mile long shelf to hold all their file folders.
– I now know the head of the IRS in Zurich. And he gave me a really cool Swiss army knife set.