1/20/11

People! It is 2011. The Fax Machine is DEAD.

Ok. The last time the Legal Directories Publishing Co. sent me a fax just a few months ago, I threatened to blog about it but didn't do it.
Unbelievably, they did it again.
Hello! It is 2011, people.
Let's see a show of hands--how many of you have a fax machine?
Exactly.
The only thing I can think is that their target audience is over the age of 60.

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11 comments:

Anonymous said...

you received the fax didn't you? Looks like it worked. . . .btw you can put your hand down now.

Anonymous said...

The FAX machine will really be dead when yours is in the trash. I haven't had one since 2006. Nobody noticed.

Lisa Salazar said...

actually, I don't have a fax machine. And I refuse to work with a company that does business in this manner.

So, really, it didn't work.

It just raised my ire, Mr. Legal Directories Publishing Co.

Ayelette Robinson said...

Actually... while I don't have a fax machine, I am happy that I have a fax number (which goes into my email) because, as ridiculous as it sounds, I've had encounters with businesses who don't have scanners and only have fax machines, so their fastest option for sending me something in paper format is to fax it. I also think there may be some government agencies that don't have the most updated technology, so having a fax number is still the safe way to go these days.

Anonymous said...

Recently I saw a job posting in the very modern Politico newspaper,a free print copy available on most DC streets. The only way to submit a resume/cover was by fax. No name was given for the hiring firm. I naturally Googled the fax number, found the name of the firm, called and asked for the personal name of referenced. In hushed whispers, I was told no, I could not have an email but had to fax my papers. I did so from a local Office Depot. It may seem archaic but in these times, job seekers could shut down a server emailing resumes. Maybe the fax wasn't such a bad idea after all. I did get the interview but not the job.

Scott Preston said...

At least teletype seems to have disappeared. Many small business owners (doctors, home repair, car repair, etc) still rely on fax because of low hardware and maintenance costs as well as very little training to use.

Greg Lambert said...

I'm still amazed when applications have on them that "emailed forms will NOT BE ACCEPTED." I can understand (kind of...) why FAX machines are used (information goes to one place, one person is responsible for disseminating the document, and it really can't be forwarded en mass as easily as an email attachment.) But, still… at least accept email attachments if you're also accepting a FAX.

Ayelette Robinson said...

That's a good point, and yes, that gets my goat too, Greg!

Linda Hostetler said...

Well as an old fogey who still has and uses a fax, I find them quite useful. I don't have to worry about my email getting caught in a spam filter or not being received because there isn't enough storage space on the server. I can't prove that people have opened or even received my email, but I can get confirmation of when I sent a fax and that it went through and that they got a hard copy.

Plus, as a county law library, I still have patrons who range from 20-80+ and some of them do not want to use email (and a lot of them aren't the 80 yearolds), but finally gave into the 21st century and got a fax machine. Since we are in the courthouse, we often get faxes sent from their offices of legal documents that are needed for court. It's quicker than scanning a signed document then sending it to an email address in the library.

Don't get me wrong, most of my correspondence is done by email with attachments, but I think the death knell for faxes is a little premature.

Mike Brown said...

We still have a fax machine in our firm because most of our overseas correspondent firms insist on using them. E-mail messages (especially with scanned attachments) are still somewhat unreliable when sent halfway around the world. When they send a fax, they get instant verification that it was received.

(Now, if I can only break them of sending me a fax confirming receipt of an e-mail...)

Ron Lane said...

We still have a fax machine, even though we are converting to electronic faxing. Our courts approve faxing as a method of transmitting documents, but email as transmission requires the written agreement of the other counsel, and you'd be amazed how hard that can be to get. We'll keep some form of fax transmission available for as long that rule remains in place.

 

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