The Secret Life Of Machines

The fax machine

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The fax episode looks outdated simply because of my opening statement ‘the fax is the wonder of the age’. Business has become so much more email orientated in the last ten years that the fax machine in my office now sits for days without sending or receiving anything. I feel a bit sad about it, as I prefer handwriting and drawing to tapping at a keyboard - I can only stare at a computer screen for a couple of hours a day. The thermal paper has disappeared, as inkjet technology has become cheaper, so all fax machines now print on plain paper. The big shift, equally relevant to the word processors, is that manufacturers have realised that they can earn much more from selling ink cartridges than from selling machines. Today a cartridge can cost nearly %50 of the cost of a complete machine.

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