The Japanese shortened pronunciation of the English word animation. Anime refers to traditional Japanese cel animation, but is also used to describe those animations which were created by computers as well. In Japan the word is used to describe anything animated, but outside of Japan the term is used to reference specifically those animations which originate in Japan.
- acoustic coupler
A device onto which a telephone handset is placed to connect a computer with a network. The acoustic coupler might also contain a modem, or the modem could be a separate device. Popular in the 1970s, acoustic couplers are no longer widely used. Nowadays, telephones connect directly to a modem via modular telephone connectors. This […]
- Anonymous FTP
A method for downloading public files using the File Transfer Protocol (FTP). Anonymous FTP is called anonymous because you don’t need to identify yourself before accessing files. In general, you enter the word anonymous or ftp when the host prompts you for a username; you can enter anything for the password, such as your e-mail […]
- answer-only modem
A modem that can receive messages but cannot send them. Only the most inexpensive modems are answer-only.
Also called an aerial, an antenna is a conductor that can transmit, send and receive signals such as microwave, radio or satellite signals. A high-gain antenna increases signal strength, where a low-gain antenna receives or transmits over a wide angle.
- antenna array
Also called an array antenna, antenna arrays are several antennas connected and arranged in a regular structure to form a single antenna. Antenna arrays are able to produce radiation patterns that combined, have characteristics that a single antenna would not.