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Old dog, new tricks

When I was in school, they used Ditto machines to copy documents.

Xerox machines were the rage when I entered the work world.

When I worked in the oilfield, we made blue line copies of our logs and transmitted them over the phone using a telecopier, which took about 7 minutes to send one page.

After I left the oilfield for journalism and  fax machines revolutionized the world, though their reign was shortlived thanks to the advent of email and document scannerd.

And that’s pretty much where my knowledge of getting a document to you quickly stayed until a few weeks ago.

When I moved to the ridge, I couldn’t get a landline for my home because AT&T got out of the landline business a year before. Voice over internet wasn’t an option because I can’t get broadband internet because I’m out in the sticks, not that thete’s anything wrong with that.

Instead, if I needed to send or recieve a fax, I’d do it at work.

A few weeks ago, I needed to send a friend a document, but was nowhere near the office. He suggested I download a document scanner app and use my phone camera to scan in the documents.

“They got that?” was my initial response.

A quick look at the app store, and I discovered thst they got that. I opted for FastScanner, and in a few minutes was able to send him a high resolution copy.

My mind was blown.

My phone is a freaking copy machine now. I used it to scan a page from a book that had a quote I wanted to memorize and worked on it during my lunch break.

This week, I needed to fax a signed document to my insurance company, but I was at home and I’m not going into the office again until next week.

“Damn.” was my first response. “I’m screwed,” was my second.

“I wonder if my scanner app can fax,” was my third. And as we all know, the third time is the charm.

I printed the document on my laser printer. (I finally bought one last week.) Signed it, scanned it in to my phone, and there was a fax symbol in the app, so I pushed it.

That started the process of me downloading and installing EasyFax. The app is free, but you have to pay a small fee through the use of tokens to send a fax.

I bought the minimum number of tokens and sent the document in from the comfort of my little house in the woods.

Not bad for someone who is fixing to turn 61. Old dog. New trick.

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