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A wonderful invention, a fax-back server is an automated system that allows you to tell a remote server to fax specific documents back to you at your home or office. These systems are much like the automated phone-based systems except that you get a faxed document as a response instead of a recorded message. These can contain much more detail of course, along with graphical illustrations. Some fax-back servers contain hundreds of different documents.
Here's how fax-back servers work:
Fax-back servers are great, but I think they will eventually head the way of the dodo due to the proliferation of detailed manufacturers' web sites. It's usually more economical to disseminate information and documents over the Internet than to be faxing documents all over the place. The 'net also avoids the other main problem with fax-back servers: people who don't have fax machines or fax modems.
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