Monday, May 5, 2014 by
many technologies enjoy a 50th anniversary. Even
humankind’s true technological marvels, like NASA’s Space Shuttle
(1981-2011)1, and ubiquitous devices we
thought would last forever, like Sony’s cassette-playing Walkman
(1979-2009) 2, rarely see
And today, May 5, 2014, modern
fax celebrates 50 years of transmitting information across the
What better time to celebrate
than take a look at the innovative ways the modern fax has
reinvented itself over the years. From a
“tele... Read More »
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by
we generally talk about the benefits of faxing, tech enthusiasts
might also appreciate that fax has a long history with the various
standards bodies that mandate how communication systems work. The
International Telecommunications Union (ITU), for example, has
published hundreds of standards for building and implementing fax
networks. Despite their name, adoption of these “standards” is not
mandatory; some fade without much practical implementation, while
others evolve and grow into well... Read More »
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by
my first year of graduate school I was using the department copier
one day to make handouts for my class. While the machine
whirred off my pages, one of the professors came into the small
room where the copier was kept. I stumbled all over myself
to make space for him, pushing my things aside and nervously
telling him I would be done momentarily.
“It’s okay, lad,” he said to me in a heavy English accent.
“I don’t use the copier. I am here for this.”
He pointed to an antiquated ditto machine in... Read More »
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 by
A client needs you to fax a critical document, pronto. Or they ask
for your fax number, so they can fax a proposed contract change to
you right away.
Your first thought might be: “Fax??? Really??? Is my client
stuck in the 90s??"
(The truth? Even in 2013 -- the age of email and texting,
fax remains as one of the most reliable, commonly used and
trusted ways to send and receive critical business documents.
Especially in the real estate, legal, manufacturing, finance and
healthcare... Read More »
Thursday, May 16, 2013 by
jams? Toner low? Ink empty? Busy signals?
These are the kinds of unwelcomed business operations hiccups that
take up resources and slow down office productivity when relying on
Contrary to what many may believe, faxing is not dead –
it’s alive and evolving, according to a new article in Fortune
magazine. Both large corporations and small business owners in
industries such as in Accounting, Healthcare, Sales, Real Estate,
Finance and Law still heavily rely on faxing as a... Read More »
Friday, February 8, 2013 by
services like internet faxing can keep employees
connected over great distances. Digitally sharing documents may be
even more important in 2013 because business travel is expected to
The U.S. Travel Association recently estimated that the number
of business trips will rise by nearly 1 percent in 2013. The
association also forecasts even greater growth for 2014.
Companies must give their staffers the tools to stay connected
when they're working remotely during trips. Cloud services... Read More »
Thursday, November 1, 2012 by
Over the last decade or so, mobile technology improvements,
evolving job demands and vast increases in the ranks of
self-employed and freelance workers have drastically redefined the
modern work environment.
During this time, these related trends have led many Americans
to reevaluate their careers and the processes by which they
complete their work.
For some people, this has meant creating an office in their
home, a place where they can avoid distractions and be productive
without the need to... Read More »
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 by
Twenty years ago, the fax machine was a cutting-edge
piece of equipment. The technology allowed people to instantly send
official documents and other communications around the world.
For many businesses, this ability was revolutionary. Instead of
relying on the postal service, which could often take weeks to
transport a message, people could now use fax machines to
communicate in near real time.
Today, faxing remains a powerful
business and communication tool. It has, however, gained... Read More »
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 by
With mortgage rates near historic lows, many homeowners are
considering going through the process of refinancing their
This could allow them to potentially save tens of thousands of
dollars, by securing a significantly lower interest rate on their
While this provides a great opportunity for property owners to
save money, it is also an ideal situation for mortgage brokers.
Low mortgage rates allow brokers to increase the volume of their
businesses because homeowners across the country... Read More »
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 by
to a iDatix infographic, over 71M tons of paper are used
every year. This number is equivalent to the average weight
of 9 million elephants!
The push to preserve the environment is not simply a personal
pursuit. Around the country, businesses both small and large are
making changes to limit their energy consumption and waste.
Creative managers are instituting policies in their companies that
are being shared and adopted by other institutions.
One of the most effective ways for businesses... Read More »
Friday, July 20, 2012 by
the course of many years, even small costs can add up.
businesses find ways to curb these expenses in an effort to stay
firmly in the black. Sometimes, this can mean limiting employee
overtime or streamlining procedures.
One of the most
frequent sources of expenditure, however, is also among the hardest
to excise from a budget - overhead.
In order to operate, businesses have many things they must pay for,
which include rent, utilities, and technology costs. These expenses
are so... Read More »
Friday, July 6, 2012 by
offers features and options that are still integral to a large
portion of business operations.
In fact, many industries find that fax remains a central part of
their communication strategy, particularly in
business environments where documents that require signatures
or notation by hand need to be exchanged.
For example, retailers and small and midsize businesses in the
shipping industry rely on faxing for bulk communication and order
processing, according to ZDNet.
So do retail businesses... Read More »
Monday, June 25, 2012 by
Small business owners are known for their need to be "on call"
for their business. This 24/7 mentality can take its toll over
time, and the obvious solution is a little bit of R&R.
Everyone deserves a vacation every so often -- especially small
business owners, who often wear multiple hats and feel the need to
remain chained to their desks.
However, with modern business needs and demanding clients,
taking a vacation can pose a problem for people hoping to leave the
office for a few days. If faxing ... Read More »
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 by
Today is the first day of summer, and for camp directors and
kids alike, that means summer camp is right around the corner.
As summer kicks into high gear over the next month, many
children will begin attending summer camp. Whether this is their
first time away from home or they've been attending for several
years, getting a child to camp often requires a lot of paperwork --
hand-signed immunization forms, emergency contact information and
other documents that must go back and forth in a timely... Read More »
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 by
As the world continues a shift to mobile phones and WiFi,
landlines are likely to go the way of the dodo.
A recent government study showed that nearly 32% of American homes
are now cell phone-only households. That's double the rate over
2008 and nearly triple that of 2007.
With businesses, families and individuals opting to use cell
phones, fewer Americans consider traditional phone service a
necessity. In fact, 84 percent of adults use cell phones, while 74
percent hang on to their landline,... Read More »
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 by
The business software market has been expanding dramatically
during the past few years and will continue to do so in the future,
driven by several emerging trends. Cloud computing and
Software-as-a-Service, in particular, are some of the driving
forces behind the growing market, helping to generate more than
$384 billion in revenue by 2015, according to a report by Global Industry Analysts.
SaaS is so appealing because of the technology's ability to
customize an organization's infrastructure... Read More »