Toy Box: Just the fax

I'm still amazed by the number of people who use faxes. I work from home, dammit, and I've only got so much bench space left to clutter up with devices.

I'm still amazed by the number of people who use faxes. I work from home, dammit, and I've only got so much bench space left to clutter up with devices. I'm not about to add a foolish fax machine to it so it can wake me up in the middle of the night when some doofus tries sending me something that could wait till morning.

I tried to set up my PC to send and receive faxes but for some reason it would only connect through my 56K modem. I have DSL -- what's the point of connecting my PC up by modem as well?

So I was intrigued to hear about a Kiwi company, iFax, that sets you up with a fax number that directs faxes to your email account in PDF or TIFF format.

Nice one. Bit boring, but nice. It's one of those things that makes life that much easier without being a flash-in-the-pan "gotta have" application designed to turn the world on its ear. They tend not to last the distance, I've decided.

Currently, iFax numbers are only available in Auckland or Hamilton but you can redirect a fax number from anywhere in the country if you want to pay redirection charges. A reasonable $35 ex GST gets you up to 1500 pages a month. That's 70 faxes a day.

You'll be able to read your faxes even if you're on the road, overseas, at the beach (boo hiss), and you can look at reducing the number of fax lines you have on the go. Check it out. Send me a fax to see if it works: 09-523 6775.

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