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Working with technology can cause one to anthropomorphize their devices, inspiring comments like "I think printers hate me," which is something I uttered more than a couple of times yesterday. I think one of the problems is I keep getting these all-in-one printer/scanner/fax machine dealies, which suit my needs, but obviously have more ways to fail. Anyway, over the years my printers have tended to be cruel to me, and yesterday another went tango uniform, right as I needed to send a fax (decoding the error message, it was telling me "you're screwed"), so I am now on my fourth all-in-one in about five years, spanning three brands and various price points. I think if I suffer another premature device demise I'll just give up and buy separate a printer and fax. Maybe it's my fault for overburdening, since we do average about a page a week in printing, which doesn't even account for the added impact of 10 faxes a year.

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22. Re: All n One's Jul 29, 2009, 08:29 kanniballl

My only question is who the hell still uses faxes and why?

It's faster than scanning to a .pdf and mailing it.

Also, for whatever reason, some places will only accept certain things either via mail (perhaps registered) or fax. I asked a place once if I could email a scanned copy of something and they said "no" (and wouldn't elaborate).

I find it funny, as it's just a easy to forge/alter something being faxed than a scanned (or printed-to-PDF) copy. Since the Fax quality is usually quite poor you might not see the tell-tale-signs of a fake.

I'd imagine there might be something along the lines of a company having a strict SOP that says how they can accept X, Y, and Z. Perhaps the SOP is old, perhaps not. In either case someone there thinks it's either not worth the bother to change the SOP or are scared at the potential for forgeries/fakes/viruses/etc.

To play devil's advocate on the fear, if you email something IMPORTANT then I imagine there's a greater chance of it being retrieved by someone in the vast Internet and I doubt many consumers (or companies) are setup to do any kind of email encryption.

With a fax it's pretty much site-to-site unless someone is tapping the line or whatever. So then you only have to worry about your staff not leaking something.

This comment was edited on Jul 29, 2009, 08:33.
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