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Utility

A power company that owns or operates facilities used for the generation, transmission, or distribution of electric energy, which is regulated at state and federal levels.

Utility

1. In economics, the level satisfaction the person derives from a good or service. Utility is inherently subjective and thus difficult to measure, but it is important in determining how much supply of a product the market can handle without diminishing demand. Historically, it has been thought that one can quantify the utility of each unit, but some economists disagree with this. See also: Austrian school, Law of Diminishing Marginal Utility.

2. A company that provides electricity, water, or gas to customers. These companies are subject to a number of regulations at the local and national levels. They borrow more than most other companies; thus, a decline in utility stocks is often seen as an indicator of a coming rise in interest rates. See also: Dow Jones Utility Average - DJUA.

utility

A business that provides an essential service, generally under government regulation. Electric companies, gas transmission firms, and local telephone companies are utilities.

utility

  1. the satisfaction or pleasure that an individual derives from the CONSUMPTION of a GOOD or SERVICE. See UTIL, CARDINAL UTILITY, ORDINAL UTILITY, MARGINAL UTILITY, TOTAL UTILITY, UTILITY FUNCTION, DIMINISHING MARGINAL UTILITY.
  2. see PUBLIC UTILITY.
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While it is important to review the files contained in the above applications, the investigator should also conduct a thorough review of the subject's system by using a utility program that will search the entire hard drive for keywords.
Each utility program we tested was subjected to several different types of input streams.
If there were any major improvement I could wish for in Qmodem, in fact (aside from the documentation problem I mentioned earlier), it would be a utility program of some sort that could take BBS names and phone numbers from a text file and convert them for use in the directory.
This procedure, as well as how to use the utility programs, is well documented in the OrCAD user manual.
Leonard also uses a number of DOS-based utility programs in the maintenance of data for operation and backup purposes.
These special utility programs can shuttle data directly between your laptop and another computer far faster than a modem can.
Many utility programs offer generous rebates for replacing inefficient lighting elements, including fixtures, ballasts and bulbs.
These same utility programs can measure the degree of fragmentation of a disk, thus indicating whether the process is required.
Storing data and utility programs in expanded memory frees the conventional memory in which DOS application programs run.
Prior to joining ESG, Raphaelson served as President of Utility Programs and Metering Inc., a firm he rounded in 1977, where he directed all consulting functions including tenant utility analysis, public utility audits and lease negotiations.
The database includes abstracts of all the articles, full text of articles from 25 computer magazines, PC Magazine utility programs in binary form, PC Week's Buyer's Guide, a 3,500-term computer glossary and key industry newsletter.
Jay Raphaelson, president of Utility Programs & Metering, Inc.

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