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Online means being connected to the Internet or another similar electronic network, like a bulletin board system. Some companies have "online" in their name, such as America Online. Although it sounds similar, online is not the same as on air. When one is online, one can receive and transmit information, whereas when one is on the air, one is broadcasting television or radio signals. The Internet, or simply the Net, is the publicly available worldwide system of interconnected computer networks that transmit data by packet switching using a standardized Internet Protocol (IP) and many other protocols. ... A wide variety of systems of interconnected components are called networks. ... A bulletin board system or BBS is a computer system running software that allows users to dial into the system over a phone line and, using a terminal program, perform functions such as downloading software and data, uploading data, reading news, and exchanging messages with other users. ... America Online, or AOL for short, is a corporate online service provider and Internet service provider (ISP). ... Broadcast could refer to: Broadcast, an electronica musical group broadcasting, the distribution of audio and video signals Broadcast address, an IP address allowing information to be sent to all machines on a given subnet. ... An American family watching television in the 1950s. ... Radio transmission diagram and electromagnetic waves Radio is a technology that allows the transmission of signals by modulation of electromagnetic waves with frequencies below those of light. ...


Some consider certain experiences while online to be taking place in a universe called cyberspace that is distinct from real life, the world of experience when offline. A variety of slang terminology has evolved to describe these cyberspacial experiences. The deepest visible-light image of the cosmos. ... Cyberspace is a (virtual) reality within the worlds computers and computer networks. ... For other meanings of this phrase (book and album titles etc. ... In telecommunication, the term off-line has the following meanings: 1. ...


Online also refers to information stored in a computer, whether networked or not, as distinct from media such as paper that are not mechnically searchable.


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In telecommunication, the term on-line has the following meanings: Telecommunication is the extension of communication over a distance. ...


1. Pertaining to the operation of a functional unit when under the direct control of the system with which it is associated. The word operation can mean any of several things: The method, act, process, or effect of using a device or system. ... In computer engineering, an execution unit is a part of a CPU that performs the operations and calculations called for by the program. ... For the Macintosh operating system, which was called System up to version 7. ...


Note 1: On-line units are available for immediate use on demand by the system without human intervention.


Note 2: On-line units may not be independently operated.


2. Pertaining to equipment that is connected to a system, and is in operation.


Source: from Federal Standard 1037C and from MIL-STD-188 Federal Standard 1037C entitled Telecommunications: Glossary of Telecommunication Terms is a U.S. Federal Standard, issued by the General Services Administration pursuant to the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949, as amended. ... MIL-STD-188 is a series of U.S. military standards relating to telecommunications. ...


In electrical generation, power plants are said to be online when supplying electrical power to the electrical network. Itaipu Dam is a hydroelectric generating station Electricity generation is the first process in the delivery of electricity to consumers. ... A power station (also power plant) is a facility for the generation of electric power. ... Transmission lines in Lund, Sweden Electric power, often known as power or electricity, involves the production and delivery of electrical energy in sufficient quantities to operate domestic appliances, office equipment, industrial machinery and provide sufficient energy for both domestic and commercial lighting, heating, cooking and industrial processes. ... An electrical network or electrical circuit is an interconnection of analog electrical elements such as resistors, inductors, capacitors, diodes, switches and transistors. ...


 
 

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