So I'm trying to look businesslike.
That means faxing.
I've got to resort to this stone age technology because when it comes to signing contracts and whatever that's simply the way it's done.
Now, I don't have a fax machine. But I have a scanner. Should I bother scanning in the contract, I wonder?
Maybe - it seems you can cheaply fax over the internet. There's a whole nice FAQ on it: http://www.savetz.com/fax/. The FAQ is the number one hit on Google when you search for 'fax' - but not when you search for 'online fax', which goes to show that sometimes, with Google, fewer search terms works better than more.
So I go through the various faxing options in the FAQ, starting with the cheap-as-free and going to the very cheap and then just the cheap. Various technical problems and what-have-you stop me with each one. It gets to the point where I figure it'll be cheaper and easier to just drive down to the UPS Store and have them fax the damn thing for me.
So I do.
Turns out it costs $1 a page at the UPS store. Well, at $15 to send a single fax, I'd rather subscribe to www.trustfax.com for their $19.95 a year deal. So I drive back.
Sign up for TrustFax.
Scan in my fax.
Try to send it.
And there's an error. Filetype not supported. What? It says in their FAQ that they support jpg. Sup?
A call to their support line, and it seems like they think the bug's on their end.
I'd really like to fax this today. Is there a workaround? They suggest converting to the pdf995 format.
A quick look at the pdf995 format and I decide they're nuts. I'll try png.
It worked! I send a test fax to myself and get it. All I need now is the cover letter. Trust me, this fax has to have the cover letter.
Somehow, when I add the cover letter message, it stops working.
I e-mail support instead of calling this time. They ask me some questions about what operating system I'm using and then fail to get back to me.
So I experiment. Different modes, different numbers of files, different punctuation in the cover letter.
Right now, I think I may have got it. I've used up almost all of my free faxes on tests (for some reason every succesful page seems to count as 2 faxes), so I'm faxing straight to my real target. The last I checked, the FaxTrust fax-tracker said my fax was in 'queue'.
Here I go. I'm going to see if it was succesful. Cross your fingers.
(It's now 6:20 PM by the way. I've been at this since like 8 AM...with breaks for lunch and dinner.)
Here we go:
SUCCESS! Such a sweet, sweet word. I was expecting to have to type 'ARRRRGHHHH!' here, so I'm a pretty happy man.