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Old 01-30-2015, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Kirkland, WA (Metro Seattle)
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Admitting to not being technologically current, I am compelled to ask how one gets a physical copy of a document in their hands without a printer?
Per Clarke's law, sufficiently advanced tech is indistinguishable from magic. What I'm describing surely is not, but does require a bit of creativity, still.

There never needs to be a physical document, in some cases. As in, "ever."

I bought a house a couple years back, and completed most of it electronically. Not all, though. Let's iterate through the steps of a complicated transaction:

- Prospective homes are emailed to me by my agent (links). Let's say, five of them. Now I've got all that saved on a phablet (big screen phone) or iPad-like device (tablet). Could do that locally, or save to cloud storage (if I've got Internet access). Nothing printed.

- Any notes I want are scribbled on the phablet or tablet: some have styluses, though it's a bit clunky. Paper notes? Possibly...hmm.

- Communications are all via email: to my lender, realtor, etc. Save important stuff to a cloud folder for safety.

- Great: I bid on a property. My realtor handles all that electronically. I transfer earnest money to him, and the seller, electronically via my bank. Receipts, ditto.

- Great: my bid is accepted. Realtors (buyer, seller) send me documents for signature using DocuSign, a Seattle local company (also national) with electric signing abilities...that are also legally valid.

- All future signatures and "packs of docs" related to the sale are on Docusign: I open that PDF on laptop, or tablet, and sign where I need. Final copy is sent to all parties and is legally binding on-acceptance.

The above is still a tad clunkier than it needs to be, even in 2015, and sure contains several assumptions about all-involved. Yes, I know that. That's the future, though, and when the "clunkiness" is smoothed out (guessing next 5-10 years, at-most) that will be the norm. No more "FedEx of Documents" and other garbage I went through on a home purchase in 1999. Thank God.

Thanks for entertaining my rant, and I do (grumble) know there are "still" times when stuff needs to be printed. I worked for a firm in 2000-2001 that tried to do most of the above for the Legal industry, which flew like a lead zeppelin and went bankrupt (Dot.com boondoggle: an idea before its time). Today, though, we're "almost" there.

The only paper on my desk, at a tech major in Seattle, is a 3"x3" pad of yellow stickies: those things are really hard to get rid of, for some psychological reason. They make it heinously hard for us to print anything, which I think is rather clever.
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Old 02-01-2015, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Talmadge, San Diego, CA
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I buy my ink cartridges from eBay. I print out lots of documents and coupons, and replace my cartridges about every three months. I went into Staples, bought a color cartridge that came to $30.15 after tax, went out to my car and logged onto eBay. I bought both a black and color cartridge for $39.99 with free shipping. I then went back into the store and returned the cartridge.

This is for a Canon Pixma MG2520 that cost me $29 at Walmart.
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Old 02-02-2015, 04:25 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Per Clarke's law, sufficiently advanced tech is indistinguishable from magic. What I'm describing surely is not, but does require a bit of creativity, still.

There never needs to be a physical document, in some cases. As in, "ever."....snip..........

Thanks for entertaining my rant, and I do (grumble) know there are "still" times when stuff needs to be printed. .
Thanks for contradicting yourself.
I did make me feel less stupid than before.
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Old 02-03-2015, 12:18 AM
 
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No contradiction in those statements.

You conveniently ignored the qualifier.

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in some cases
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