6.0118 Rs: Sharing Peripherals (1/31)

Elaine Brennan & Allen Renear (EDITORS@BROWNVM.BITNET)
Mon, 6 Jul 1992 20:37:17 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 6, No. 0118. Monday, 6 Jul 1992.

Date: Mon, 6 Jul 1992 14:15:47 +0300 (EET-DST)
Subject: RE: 6.0112 Qs: Sharing Peripherals (2/37)

Sorry about previous partial note; computer problems!

Re: sharing peripherals between Mac and DOS PCs.

There are 2 aspects to this problem:

1) How to get the Mac to recognize and read files on a DOS volume
(hard disk, CD-ROM)
2) How to access DOS programs: e.g."accessing the CD-ROM" usually
really means "using the database on the CD-ROM", for which you
need to run the database program, which is a DOS program.

If all you need is to copy a file from a DOS CD or hard drive to your
Mac, you have problem 1; usually you have both.

There are programs such as SoftPC for the Mac, which run DOS programs
on a Mac; you get the DOS program, not a nice flashy Mac emulation
of what the program would have looked like had it been written for
the Mac (i.e. no icons...). If you have a suitable physical link
between the two and run something like SoftPC, you can therefore
search the database on the CD-ROM (or whatever other DOS program
you wanted to run).

That brings up the question of what is a suitable physical link.
I don't know how you connect a single Mac to a single PC; I know
you can connect a Mac via Ethernet to a Novell network and access
the disks (and CD-ROM drives, if the network has any) via Novell.
I assume there's some software somewhere to do it without a
network; hopefully someone elsecan suggest some.

Judy Koren, Haifa.