Darren Nickerson on 28 Aug 2010 18:13:02 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Free Inbound Fax Service?

On Aug 26, 2010, at 4:01 PM, bergman@merctech.com wrote:

Has anyone used the old tpc.int "sendfax" service recently (yes, there is a TLD named ".int", and yes, the "tpc" stands for "The Phone Company"...and amazingly enough, they've got a Philadelphia connection). Chris' UK email address reminded me of "sendfax". When I was doing more stuff overseas, I had much more frequent need to send faxes...and found the free "sendfax" (email --> volunteer physically "local" to the fax destination, running gateway software that sends the email via a local fax call) service to be very helpful. I haven't used it in years.


Oh, hey ... you're talking about my alter-ego Arlington Hewes ;-) He & I ran the tpc.int network/service/experiment for many years, and although we never really wound it down, there's very few operational cells these days and most of the underlying DNS has fallen into various stages of lame-ness. Unfortunately, we were a victim of our own popularity ... the advertising model never really took off because a large percentage of the fax volume ended up being unwanted/unsolicited fax spammers. Yet another example of tragedy of the commons.

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