Ditch Your Fax Machine

Last Updated Mar 14, 2007 6:15 PM EDT

Office Space beatdownIf you ever have dreams of doing an Office Space-style beat down of your slow, finicky fax machine, consider switching to an online service that lets you scan and send out documents and receive faxes from others in a manageable PDF form. You'll use less paper, plus you'll have a backup of your important documents that you can access from anywhere.

For years, I've used eFax for this purpose, but their software slows down my computer and I've been barraged with spam in the form of mortgage offers. So I switched to MyFax, which is cheaper ($10 a month to send 100 and receive 200 pages) and doesn't require me to download anything. It also was the top rated faxing service in a recent report by TopTenReviews.com. Until everyone is willing to forgo fax machines altogether and stick to scanning and emailing, it's probably the best workaround.