So much for the technological age. It’s nearly 2010 and I need to make a payment that will arrive in a bank account the next working day. So I phone up the bank, who inform me that it has to be made by CHAPS at a cost of £25. Which is a tad annoying given that light travels around the world about 7 times a second and a typical enterprise database can serve several thousand concurrent users on a single processor, but obviously my maths is flawed.
Anyway, all they need for this transaction to take place is a fax. Excuse me?!?!? It’s the 21st frickin’ century!! Why do I need to send a fax? Surely email is easier? It’s not like it’s even more secure! I don’t have a fax machine and none of my PCs have telephone modems in them because it’s like…er…the 21st century and all that - I have ADSL and very quick it is too. So I look for a fax by email service that doesn’t require me to sign up to a contract or monthly fee but to no avail. I only want to send a 1 page fax for goodness sake!
So next time my bank asks me for information perhaps I should say something like “yeah, that’s fine. Just send it to me on chiselled stone or Papyrus scrolls in ink made from Dodo blood”.