Friday, January 21, 2011

Is the Fax Machine DEAD?

The blogging community has a tendency to say things are 'dead' before their time. Often creating an either-or scenario where one doesn't exist, or calling one product the 'killer' of the other, and so forth. But Lisa Salazar at 3 Geeks and a Law Blog may just have a point when she says "People! It is 2011. The Fax Machine is DEAD".

So is it dead? or just dying slowly? Oh, and to be clear, she did say the fax machine. If we're to quibble on that word, machine, then really -- any business that still pays for an extra phone line for faxing purposes, continues to buy paper, and has a physical machine printing every incoming fax is ... well ... not managing their expenses very wisely.

The more palatable alternative is to use a fax-to-pdf service, which we do, and for the low low cost of around $150/yr. Is it still worth it? Should I kill it? Probably, but it's a tougher decision than one expects.

On one hand, I've been begging for a reason to cancel the service since the day I signed up. Over the course of any given year, I can count on one hand the number of times I've had a functional use for it.

However, I can also count a 5-10 times over the past three years where there was literally no other option to send a document to a company other than to fax it. ADP payroll was one of my worst offenders, where I was told the company limited external email for its employees because of "security reasons". That laughable notion aside, it's companies like this that will prolong the life of fax technology.

Unfortunate as it may be, I will (likely) continue spend the token amount it takes to have an operational fax number for at least another two years. And yes, I wish I could come to any other conclusion.

Monday, January 10, 2011

New Canadian PLE Portals

The Legal Resource Centre of Alberta has launched 3 new PLE information portals: LawNet Alberta, LawNet Canada, and LawNet Fran├žais.

These websites replace the old Access to Justice Network, with the development funded by the Alberta Law Foundation.

Maybe 2011 will be the year for PLE content in Canada!

Friday, January 07, 2011

Quickscribe Manuals Updates for December 2010

Hope you've had a good holiday, and trust that 2011 is off to a good start.

There was just one Quickscribe Manual update to close off the year:
And daily updates to BC legislation continue to be available at

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