Eastern Wake News is reporting that 2 years after the introduction to 10 digit dialing, there still about 100 dispatches by 911 operators from hang-up calls.
Calling 911 and hanging up often results in an officer being dispatched to the phone number’s listed address.
While many calls have been attributed to people dialing the 919 area code and accidentally hitting the “1” twice, there are apparently a large number of fax machine calls.
If you have any area code 919 and North Carolina fax numbers programmed into your fax, now would be a good time to double check that they’re entered correctly.
More from Eastern Wake News – 911 hang ups a continued problem
A small publisher could receive a fine of up to $48 million for sending faxes to a client who agreed to receive them.
As their faxes did not have an “opt-out” option on them, the FCC has ruled that the fine is in place – even though the client had elected to receive the communication.
The publisher is currently fighting the fine, and the case could end up in the supreme court.
More from the Star Tribune at High-stakes case pits small firm against plaintiff’s bar, FCC.
Taken from a larger piece in the Irish Times about a retreat of a group of Syrian Rebels:
“Diplomatic sources also say the “Free Syrian Army” is a name disparate local militias adopt without co-ordinating action or putting themselves under the command of Col Riad al-Assad, a defector based in Turkey who proclaimed the founding of the Free Syrian Army last year. He is said to have an office and a fax machine but no staff or troops.”
That’s correct, with a small office and a fax machine, even you can claim to lead a rebel army, even if you have no staff or troops.
A small reminder that even for the entrepreneur currently working out of the laundry room, sometimes having the right presentation can make you appear a lot larger than you actually are.
For the whole story from the Irish Times: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2012/0302/1224312635542.html
Showing at Utah Museum of Contemporary Art from Mar 2nd to June 23, 2012 will be the exhibition “FAX”. It is a traveling exhibition curated by João Ribas, and co-organized by The Drawing Center, New York, and Independent Curators International (ICI), New York.
From the exhibition’s page:
“FAX invites a multigenerational group of artists, architects, designers, scientists, filmmakers and writers to reconceive of the fax machine as a thinking and drawing tool. Participants transmit their fax-based work via the venues’ working fax lines through the duration of the exhibition’s tour. Faxes by nearly 100 participants sent to the initial showing of FAX at The Drawing Center form the core of the exhibition, with each institution inviting additional participants to submit works, which will then be archived with The Drawing Center’s collection to create an evolving document of all participants. The accumulation of information-received in real time, in the exhibition space-includes drawings and texts, and the inevitable junk faxes and errors of transmission, creating an ongoing cumulative project.”
It brings to mind a lot to think about, from methods of communications to how messages get sent and interpreted.
As well there’s an interview from KCPW with Aaron Moulton, the Senior Curator of Exhibitions.
According to the interview, they’ve also hired broadcast fax companies to send out 1,000,000 faxes to English speaking fax numbers with the Arthur Schopenhauer quote “In order to understand what is true you must also understand what is not true.” – interesting to imagine the size and scope of such a project, and would be interesting to see any fax replies they’ve received from it.
A good stop for anyone near Salt Lake City in the next few months!
The official exhibition page: http://www.utahmoca.org/fax/
UMOCA Senior Curator of Exhibitions Interview with KCPW: http://kcpw.org/blog/cityviews/2012-02-29/cityviews-3112-the-abbey-collectionfax/
Curator’s Page on the Exhibition: http://joaoribas.blogspot.com/2009/09/fax.html
FAX artbook from the exhibition: http://www.artbook.com/9780942324389.html
Featured in City Weekly: http://www.cityweekly.net/utah/event-113463-utah-museum-of-conte.html
As told by the Tampa Bay Business Journal in “Pinellas congressman uses fax to pressure postmaster”, a recent victory for St. Petersburg, Florida happened when the local congressman faxed the postmaster general to keep the local postmark.
A good example that in a world where bureaucracy and email are becoming overloaded, sometimes the clearest way to get a message through is to use a different form of communication.
For the entire story, see http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/blog/morning-edition/2012/03/pinellas-congressman-faxes-postmaster.html
As tax season arrives, so do new scams.
The IRS is currently warning tax filers of a series of fax & email scams directed at them.
People are receiving faxes and emails that claim to be from the IRS that detail either a change in their tax returns or some sort of additional refund.
With that email or fax is also a link or internet website that then tries to either exploit the user’s computer maliciously, attempt to have the user sign up for some sort of promotional offer, attempt to get personal information from the user, or attempt to sell refund or credit schemes.
The majority of current scams appear to be directed at recent credits in educational tax credit legislation.
The IRS claims that they do not “initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information.”
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With yet another reminder of the need to separate the use of business and personal activities, a Wichita City Council member is currently facing a state ethics charge over e-mails.
Kansas state law prohibits the use of public equipment to advocate or campaign for any public office. This includes the use of computers, emails, and fax machines.
It’s an issue that frequently comes up, and demonstrates the need that most people need to have an online fax service for those times when faxes need to be used.
For More on This Issue:
KWCH.com – Wichita City Councilman facing ethics complaint over emails
Kansas.com – Wichita City Council member O’Donnell to face state ethics charge over e-mails
Windows XP Still Dominant OS
In news from the world of operating systems, Windows XP is still the dominant operating system on the market, with market share just over 47% 6 and a half years after its successor Windows Vista and 2 1/2 years after the next successor were released.
While it’s been losing steady market share (although seeing a small increase in January of 2012) to Windows 7 (which has the ability to emulate Windows XP), XP is likely to remain a dominant operating system for some time to come.
Support for XP is expected to end April of 2014, however Microsoft has been relatively regular in pushing that date back, and as XP remains as a major operating system, it is likely that it will still be supported in order to ensure that bugs and viruses in the system are properly patched to preserve the reputation of Microsoft.
For more on Windows XP Market Share:
Windows Vista and 7 Support Extended to 2017 and 2020
Microsoft has also extended its support for Windows Vista to 2017 and Windows 7 to 2020.
An interesting move as the official release for Windows 8 is likely in the very near future, expected for sometime this fall, it’s an interesting to note how far back support is being extended for existing product.
Seattle Time – Consumer support extended for Windows 7, Vista
ZDNet – Microsoft extends support for Vista and Windows 7
Network World – Microsoft Extends Windows 7, Vista Support to 10 Years
CBS 21 News recently put out a travel scam warning that should be repeated.
Airfare, vacations, summer rentals, and vacation rentals are what appear to be the primary focus on this summer’s travel season.
Scammers frequent online classified ads locations such as forums and craigslist, as well as send out spam emails and junk faxes to advertise the perfect vacation at the perfect price.
The problem is – all too frequently these “perfect” vacations turn out to be complete scams.
There are usually two reasons scammers will advertise these offers – the first being to get people to wire them money – either as a deposit or for full payment on a vacation that does not even exist. Sadly, too many people respond to this and send money to complete strangers on the idea of a deal without having any idea where their money is really going.
The second type of scam that happens with this method is that the people offering the scams are looking for personal information – either credit card numbers and birth dates, or are just trying to confirm if a fax number or email address is actually in use. Many times an unsubscribe number will be used to get information about which fax numbers are valid, and which have actual faxes at them. This information is then packaged and sold to other marketers who use it to send even more information and marketing material.
Whenever booking a vacation, it’s best to make sure you do the research before fully booking the trip. Get to know the person you’re booking the vacation through, and if possible use credit cards as it is perceived that they offer better protection in case your personal information is stolen, or the information is use to purchase a trip that never exists.
For dealing with complaints about trips such as these, information can be registered with the Attorney General at www.attorneygeneral.gov, or through their Bureau of Consumer Protection at 1-800-441-2555.
More on Junk Faxes and dealing with nuisance faxes can be found on our page about Junk Faxes.
Interesting FCC documents recently filed showing the process of the FEC going after a junk fax broadcaster, the FCC is currently attempting to find a software training company liable of sending 27 junk faxes to advertise its business, in an unrelated but similar situation, they are also doing the same for an employee benefits group for 97 junk faxes.
The cost? the FEC is currently looking for $432,000, or $16,000 per junk fax for the software training company, the maximum for that type of violation. On a relative note, the employee benefits group is getting off a little easier on a per-junk-fax basis, with a total fine of $603,000, or $6,216 per junk fax – based on $4,500 per junk fax, and $10,000 per junk fax after a request had been made to stop sending the faxes.
Details of the claim include the FEC’s position that the company was cited for previous junk faxing before being fined. The company’s response to the citation that is was no longer in business, however according to the FEC, there was a link between the individual(s) behind the company and a similarly named company that resurfaced in the FEC’s junk fax complaint line soon after.
The release from the FEC is a good read for as a warning for anyone considering using a broadcast fax service.
Another very important note from these filings is the easy way that the identity of the sender was able to be confirmed by confirming the transmissions from the carrier – an important note for any legal issues involved with transmitting messages and confirming the identity of the sender and the receiver – as the identity of a fax sender can be confirmed much easier than email or other electronic communication can.
For the entire FEC release, see http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2012/db0223/FCC-12-23A1.pdf and http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2012/db0229/FCC-12-24A1.pdf