It's less common in these email-centric days, but there's still the odd occasion when you answer your phone and hear that long series of screeches that signals some idiot is trying to send a fax. If the problem persists (as it often does with auto-dialling fax senders), you can detect the culprit by diverting your phone line to an actual fax machine.
Picture by Michelle Kinsey Bruns
Tech editor extraordinaire Nathan Cochrane offered up this solution to the why-is-a-fax-ringing-me-every-two-minutes dilemma to a colleague on Twitter:
Redirect your phone to the Herald fax for a few minutes, wait to see what spits out. Then call the offender.
That's easily done if you're working in an office environment — even if you can't divert directly, you can always temporarily connect your own incoming line to the fax machine. Once you know who is responsible, you can choose between a polite phone call or sending the ninjas round.
This is a deadly obvious approach once you think of it, but it never occurred to me back when fax-blasting used to be a regular occupational hazard.