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use of Fax?

 
Arvind Mahendra
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I'm in the market for a printer. I'm curious what are some of the things I cant do using a scanner and e-mail that I need a fax feature for?
 
Ulf Dittmer
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You can send something to people who are not near their email inbox.

You can receive faxes. Not everybody has a scanner, so if they need to get something on paper to you, fax is the way to go.

Both of these can be serviced by online fax services. Google for "efax" or "e-fax" and you'll find plenty of solutions.

Having said that, I sure wish fax would go away.
 
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Not everyone has a fax machine. Fortunately, last time I was required to send page images, they let me convert it to a PDF and email it.
 
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Originally posted by Ulf Dittmer:
I sure wish fax would go away.


But its great 90s technology. Not 1990s, but 1890s. Seriously, look it up.

I have had many 'fax modems' none of which worked. I had a standalone fax machine for a few years. It died and I haven't bothered to replace it.

These days, when I need to send a fax, I go down to Kinkos and pay the $1.00 they want.

I expect that they won't die anytime soon. Far too many folks think that fax signatures are more secure. And GPG/PGP is too hard to use.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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