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When Tech Fails

There are many examples of failing technologies, some specifically happened because an electronic facsimile fails.

Here are a few of these big fails due to fax failures.

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Fax Transmission

The picture above shows an Epson PX-8 with the CX-21 used to send text messages over phone lines. The CX-21 is an acoustic coupling device that allowed the PX-8 to communicate with another similar device or a fax machine.

In the following I explain how faxes are transmitted over a phone line.

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Modern Fax Machines

In the 21st century we have incredible improvements over the type of fax machines we have available.

FOIP

The Fax Over IP is probably the newest and certainly the last type of fax machine that we will use. These work over the Internet. You send the fax to a system which converts the document to a Facsimile and sends it to the other side using a completely automated system.

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The Nigerian Letter

This Nigerian Letter is linked to fax machines, which is why I talked about it here.

What is it?

The Nigerian Letter is a document sent by a scammer to a victim making the victim think that they can get a lot of money for helping in some (usually urgent) matter.

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The History of Electronic Facsimile

Before Printing

Humans have been writing for about 10,000 years now. At first, it was mainly to record belongings or other similar accounting of things owned and owed.

That’s around 8,000 BC that humans started writing. However, all the writing was done by hand. There was no way to replicate the same writing for sharing large amount of the same book so everyone could have their own copy.