The Printerless Office

Posted by Tyler Hunt on

If you're like me and don't have a fax machine lying around your house, you've likely become intimately familiar with services like FaxZero. Sites like these are great, because they give you the ability to fax documents without needing a fax machine or a phone line. It's services like these that simplify our lives, and make our lives simpler and less cluttered.

Surely there are other things in our homes and offices that we could do away with. The first big one that has come to mind for me is the printer. Printers are large, often noisy, difficult to configure, and expensive to supply with ink and toner. And for as infrequently as we need them in these days of the "paperless office", virtualizing the printer is the next logical step.

I tried going cold turkey and moving the printer to a shelf in the garage. It worked great for a long time, but every now and then, there are times when you really do need a printer. What I've found, though, is that these are usually the times when you also need an envelope and a stamp. Believe it or not, there are still government agencies and companies stuck in ways of yore that require a dead tree delivery to their mailbox.

You'd think someone would have cracked this nut by now, but I looked and couldn't find it. After wishing against hope for someone to print and mail for me, I figured if I'm going to be doing it myself, I should do it for other people, too. Certainly there are others like me who'd rather not keep a printer around, not to mention paper, envelopes, and stamps. And that's why I decided to start Snail Drop.

Snail Drop lets you upload a digital document (just PDFs for right now), fill out a virtual envelope, pay a few bucks, and have you letter on its way in no time. I have some great ideas on ways to expand the service to make it even more useful, too, but those will have to wait for another day. In the mean time, try it out the next time you find yourself needing to print something. You'll love how much time you'll save when you're not running around trying to figure out where you left the stamps.

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