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 This was the result of a major lawsuit, where the suing parties had created a lot of promo materials (primarily video), which they always wanted to be acknowledged before creating or do any changes to them. The boss of the client company always agreed as well, after (!) reading their Fax messages. But when it came to paying the bill, he said he never got them… the bill was approx 58000 euro! /2
Our care homes are 15-20km out in the rural areas and its only very recently they got ADSL, let alone VDSL.
The amount of Class A/B (DE: Anlage III) substances that are prescribed in a senior care home necessitate this "old" method of sending messages (also for the same reliablity reasons as legal contracts)