Short for automatic number identification, a service that provides the telephone number of an incoming call. ANI is used for a variety of functions — by receiving the incoming telephone number, telephone companies can direct a call to the proper long distance carrier’s equipment; it can help identify the caller’s address to speed response time to 911 calls; and it can route an 800 call to the nearest vendor. ISDN, the standards for transmissions on telephone lines, supports ANI.
- automatic recalculation
In spreadsheets, a mode in which all cells are recalculated whenever a value changes. Automatic recalculation ensures that the spreadsheet data is always up-to-date, but it may make working on the spreadsheet slower. Alternatively, you can specify manual recalculation, where you must explicitly instruct the application to recalculate.
- automatic test equipment
Abbreviated as ATE, in the electronic manufacturing industry, automatic test equipment refers to any automated device that can be used to test printed circuit boards, integrated circuits, and electronic components.
- autonomic computing
(â´´t&-nom´ik k&m-pū´t-ing) (n.) A type of computing model in which the system is self-healing, self-configured, self-protected and self-managed. Designed to mimic the human body’s nervous system-in that the autonomic nervous system acts and reacts to stimuli independent of the individual’s conscious input-an autonomic computing environment functions with a high level of artificial intelligence while remaining […]
An e-mail utility that automatically replies to an e-mail message with a prewritten response when that e-mail comes into a specific e-mail or Internet address. Autoresponders are used by individuals and also by Web sites that need to respond to user comments automatically. For example, an individual may use an autoresponder feature of e-mail to […]
A feature supported by many applications in which the program automatically saves data files at predetermined intervals. This is an important feature because it reduces the amount of work you would lose if your system crashed. Usually, you can specify how often you want the application to save data.