Thursday, August 16, 2012

8-16-12 Survival Jobs for Writer-Musicians -- Starter Job #180 (Working Temp in NYC: Faxing Documents for The Man)

(This is acutally a later version of a fax machine, an all-in-one by Samsung. I'm talking here about the fax machines that still used the thermal fax paper!)

We’ve covered the photocopying task, pretty much, so now it’s on to sending faxes. When the telecopier or fax machine (“fax” is short for “Facsimile”) first came out, it was pretty revolutionary stuff. How amazing, then, that people could send copies of documents over phone lines and get stuff that previously had to be mailed and the whole process would take several days, not minutes.

From Wikipedia: By the late 1970s, many companies around the world (but especially Japan), entered the fax market. Very shortly after a new wave of more compact, faster and efficient fax machines would hit the market. Xerox continued to refine the fax machine for years after their ground-breaking first machine. But, in later years it would be combined with Copier equipment to create the hybrid machines we have today that copy, scan and fax. . . “

The early fax machines used rolls of thermal fax paper, brittle stuff that would fade eventually. Wisely, some bosses asked for copies to be made on regular paper of those thermal fax transmissions.

Normally, faxing wasn’t at all difficult unless the fax phone # given was wrong, the machine was jammed, or the instructions on the machine weren’t clear. It seemed that every fax machine was different, which made things a little more challenging with each new temp assignment.

At any rate, faxing documents wasn’t an onerous task. One time, when I worked for an insurance company, I had to fax a huge binder. I figured it had to be sent in chunks, and of course, I had to alert the receiving party that this mega-document was on its way. . .

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