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 Post subject: Fax without a Fax machine
PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:33 pm 
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I'm setting up a Fax client/server on my Ubu +1 desktop box, right now. It's always a challenge, after a fresh install. It's quite convoluted. You need to setup the Fax software as a socket server, then tell CUPS that the fax/modem is an AppSocket/HP JetDirect device, and so forth, and so on.

I only need to send/receive a Fax a couple of times a year. In the old days, I kept a standalone thermal paper Fax machine in the closet. Last time I tried to use it, it bit the dust -- probably a bad cap or whatever. I replaced it with a new HP Fax machine. I only used it once. A year later, I needed it again, and the ink cartridge had dried out. And, I wasn't going to spend $30 USD for another cartridge, just to send a single Fax. LoL! :D

Since then, I've been using a variety of Linux Fax proggies -- a HP flatbed scanner -- and my trusty USRobotics Courier V.Everything external fax/modem to send/receive Faxs.

Anybody else sending/receiving Faxs using their PC?

Just curious. We could compare notes... ;)

For instance, in my experience, internal fax/modems seldom work correctly on Linux, if at all. External serial fax/modems work first time, every time.

As an example of WHY internal fax/modems seldom work: I don't know who came up with this brilliant idea, but the Conexant HSF 'soft' fax/modems in my Dell Latitude laptops are actually integrated into a combination sound/modem card. Hello?!?!?

External serial modems (with a 'real chipset') are the only way to fly in Linux, IMO...

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 Post subject: Re: Fax without a Fax machine
PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:18 am 
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I thought faxes were well dead .. but then I thought that about floppies and zip drives too, and occasionally come across someone still using them. :)

And a couple of my clients still trust tape for backups .. against my advice I might add :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Fax without a Fax machine
PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 8:11 pm 
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I need Fax for business purposes. Some businesses (in the USA), such as insurance companies and the medical industry, still won't accept electronic signatures, et cetera. I mostly send/receive Faxs at the office, but occasionally I need to do it from the abode.

Anyway, Fax machines are alive and well in this area...

As far as backups are concerned, I use a Thermaltake BlacX docking station -- best invention since water.

You just pop in a HDD, and away you go. Kind of reminds me of 8-track tapes. LoL! :D


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 Post subject: Re: Fax without a Fax machine
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 11:06 am 
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Guess what my folksy mom and I still use fax lol

I use this web-based service:
FaxZero http://www.faxzero.com

Only you have to do is just uploading your PDF documents on their old-fashioned website, type number(s) and pay paltry $4 (>15 pages, international; within US & Canada, free with ads) by PayPal.

Not to mention it works on Peppermint ;-)


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 Post subject: Re: Fax without a Fax machine
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 10:55 pm 
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Interesting!

Can you receive Faxs, via FaxZero, too?

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 Post subject: Re: Fax without a Fax machine
PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 9:52 am 
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Can you receive Faxs, via FaxZero, too?
No. I use fax to let her have printed copy of my document...she doesn't know how to connect her laptop with a printer. When she sends me her document she uses email because I can use my printer.

But there are some "Fax-to-Email services" you can both send and receive fax. And most of them use monthly subscription plans.

For example, "HelloFax" (https://www.hellofax.com), 300/mo., $10/mo. which is recommended by a famous blog "How to Geek".[1]

GoDaddy offers a less expensive plan ($9/mo.)
https://www.godaddy.com/email/internet-fax.aspx
but their security is questionable.[2]

[1] "How to Send and Receive Faxes Online Without a Fax Machine or Phone Line (July 29, 2013)" http://www.howtogeek.com/168841
[2] "How I Lost My $50,000 Twitter Username"
https://medium.com/cyber-security/24eb09e026dd


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 Post subject: Re: Fax without a Fax machine
PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 12:50 am 
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Thanks, for the links.

The *free* 'Hello Fax' service sounds perfect, for when I'm on the trot.

I'm going to setup an account, and bookmark it in my road warriors... ;)

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