[SIGCIS-Members] faxing, covid, and printout v faxing confusion

Larry Masinter LMM at acm.org
Thu Sep 23 10:37:21 PDT 2021

RFC 2542 - Terminology and Goals for Internet Fax (ietf.org) <https://tools.ietf.org/search/rfc2542>  


In 1999, this was an attempt to describe what fax was and why anyone on the internet would care (or not).

These days, you can  hold a piece of paper to your camera in a zoom call.


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From: Members <members-bounces at lists.sigcis.org> On Behalf Of Armando Fox
Sent: Thursday, September 23, 2021 8:49 AM
To: Jonathan Coopersmith <j-coopersmith at tamu.edu>
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Subject: Re: [SIGCIS-Members] faxing, covid, and printout v faxing confusion


thanks, this was a darkly amusing article.  i'm teaching a technology-and-society freshman seminar this semester (digitalquandary.org <http://digitalquandary.org> ) and in open discussion last week a student asked about how healthcare is often the last major sector to adopt IT innovation.  the article is an excellent example of that and i'll pass it along, even though these students were born well after the decline of fax.


btw - i read jonathan's "Faxed" book last year and it was great and highly informative - definitely a worthwhile addition to my bookshelf of tech history.  definitely recommended!



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On Sep 23, 2021, at 08:27, Jonathan Coopersmith <j-coopersmith at tamu.edu <mailto:j-coopersmith at tamu.edu> > wrote:


At the risk of self-promotion, this might be of interest, if only to note the photo with a computer printout and not faxed sheets - I pointed out the error to the author





Stay sane and keep wearing a mask (partially for you; more for others),




Jonathan Coopersmith


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FAXED.  The Rise and Fall of the Fax Machine (Johns Hopkins University Press) 

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