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Opening Arguments

Just the fax

Faxes? People still send faxes?

Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter has filed suit against three companies that sent unwanted faxes offering clothing and discount health plans.

Carter filed suit in St. Joseph County against Five Star Advertising, Inc. and Sportex, Inc., seeking injunctions to stop the companies from faxing unwanted advertisements offering sports apparel.

We forget what a bold and fun innovation the fax seemed at the time. When I was on the Big Brothers/Big Sisters board, it took us six months to convince the director that the agency needed a fax machine. You can get documents immediately without driving all over town or waiting days for the mail! Oh, all right, grumble, grumble.

Now, with the combination of e-mail and pdf files, the fax seems like today's telegraph, passed by and just waiting to die. Maybe we can use it for money orders!


Thu, 10/30/2008 - 9:46am

I entered the working world in 1996 when e-mail was starting to take off. To me, the fax has always seemed a little like tying two tin cans together with a string.