I was wondering why Japan was still in love with the fax machine. Then I came across this story from a few years ago
“There is still something in Japanese culture that demands the warm, personal feelings that you get with a handwritten fax,” said Mr. Sugahara, 43.
“Japan has this Galápagos effect of holding on to some things they’re comfortable with,” said Jonathan Coopersmith, a technology historian who is writing a book on the machine’s rise and fall.
I think the difference may also be in the way the technology is used. Here, faxes become relegated to rubbish or spam, but Japan actually seems to use their technology
Abuse is seen as rude, and since almost everyone has a fax machine, no one really squanders its use
The comment about paper trails and the intangibility of emails is true. Holding a hard copy is vastly different from an email, which can be considered less serious in other places
@cypnk for some months I've had a fax machine connected to my UK analogue line (which I no longer use as the most recent Asterisk system I built uses an old laptop with a busted keyboard, into which you cannot put a linecard!), I'm yet to receive a single junk fax (compared to the pre-broadband days)
The reason I have it is to test others at work as faxes are still required for drug prescriptions when they contain controlled drugs (diamorphine etc) which are not uncommon with senior patients..
@notclacke @cypnk @vfrmedia in germany, its based on the fact that you always get a sending recipe, which tells you whether the fax was received successfully, failed or partially failed to be received. The receiving station gets this as well. The other side might throw it away, telling you it never received your fax, but now you compare it with your phone company's outgoing calls list ... tadaa! /1