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which should now be gone.
So many of these items have been replaced by a smart phone.
I have stayed away from those, I have little use for them and don't want to pay about $50/mth to have one. A simple phone only works for me, as does a netbook at times.
The GPS unit also may hang around for users like me but do agree with the tone of the article, I probably won't be buying another flash drive item for instance and the fax has been replaced a long time ago with a scan and email capability.
I think some items will stay on and then gradually go.
I wouldn't be buying shares however in any Company selling these products.
Funny thing is that faxes are considered more secure than e-mails, and I think they'll be around for the short term at least. I know in the medical field faxes with a cover sheet are acceptable while e-mails can only be through special security sites.
I know Im getting old, but I dont care for the multi function smart phones and tablets.....and for the same reason I prefer listining to a performance by a full orchestra over a one man band.. I still prefer several single purpose devices over the multi purpose smart phone. And dont tell me how good you are at multi tasking...all that means is that you are doing a lousy job at several things at the same time
I have a camera, a phone, a flash drive and a cd player (in the car) and like lawyers and doctors we real estate agents still use faxes. And my next digital purchase will be a notebook, rather than a smart phone or a tablet.
Call me a luddite, but I still love my netbook and had to replace one recently. It's getting hard to find the smallest fastest kind w/long battery life, but I managed. Maybe sometime I'll want a tablet as well, but not as a substitute, they really have different primary uses. For instance I can't imagine using a tablet for lots of typing or for having multiple tabs and browsers open, using frequent copy and paste, and some Windows programs I need. If you have to add a keyboard, what's the diff, really, other than higher cost, and maybe fewer things I need?
Then again, I haven't loved my smart phone either - except as a tether for my netbook where I can't get wifi.
get rid of your fax machine? Try asking your kid's pediatrician to e-mail you a pdf of your kids annual exam form, you know the one that the state requires the school to require you to require your doctor to fill out so you can give it to the school so the school can tell the state that your kid went to the doctor so they can go to the school. Try asking the receptionist to scan in, convert to pdf form, and e-mail you THAT form.
I've sent things in pdf format before that took days longer to be found, accessed, downloaded, printed, etc, etc, as it took to just send an "old fashioned" fax and be done with it. The technology may be there to get rid of the fax machine, but until everyone is on board with it, I'll keep my machine (which is also my printer and scanner as well).
For receiving faxes only, I think the fax machine is obsolete. You can use one of plenty of online services to receive your faxes. Now that many PCs don't have modems and are no longer connected to land line telephone, that fax software is no longer of any use and probably not even available any more.
For sending faxes, I think a fax machine still holds relevance. It is far easier to use a fax machine to send a document instead of scanning, saving, sending. Sending via a machine is a one step process.