The ability of a system to respond gracefully to an unexpected hardware or software failure. There are many levels of fault tolerance, the lowest being the ability to continue operation in the event of a power failure. Many fault-tolerant computer systems mirror all operations — that is, every operation is performed on two or more duplicate systems, so if one fails the other can take over.
(pronounced as separate letters) Short for field-replaceable unit, a generic term used to describe any hardware device, or more commonly a part or component of a device or system, that easily can be replaced by a skilled technician without having to send the entire device or system to be repaired. The name implies that the […]
(v) To send a document via a fax machine. (n) (1) A document that has been sent, or is about to be sent, via a fax machine. (2) Short for Facsimile machine.
- Fax Machine
Short for facsimile machine, a device that can send or receive pictures and text over a telephone line. Fax machines work by digitizing an image — dividing it into a grid of dots. Each dot is either on or off, depending on whether it is black or white. Electronically, each dot is represented by a […]
- fax modem
A device you can attach to a personal computer that enables you to transmit and receive electronic documents as faxes. A fax modem is like a regular modem except that it is designed to transmit documents to a fax machine or to another fax modem. Some, but not all, fax modems do double duty as […]
- fax over Internet Protocol
(pronounced as separate letters) FoIP, short for fax over Internet Protocol, the technology that enables the internetworking of fax machines with a packet-based network. Using FoIP, a fax is transmitted via the Internet rather than the traditional method of sending faxes via the telephone line. Using FoIP, the digital data from the fax machine is […]