Saturday, September 05, 2015

PARCP-USB


PARCP running on my Mac using Terminal.app (Mac on the left - Atari ST on the right)

Getting an Atari ST after all these years is such a joy and I feel like a teenager again!! However, this also means that I have the problem of how to get downloaded software from my Mac onto an Atari floppy disk. This might be the most awesome 16-Bit computer but it has no ethernet, USB, WiFi... So how can we get files onto an ST?

Well, one option is ParCp-USB by Petr Stehlik. This is little device plugs into the ST's parallel port and features a Mini USB socket so we can connect any Atari computer to either a Mac or PC with ease. The next thing to do is decide which of your computers you want as either a server or a client because one machine must be serving files whilst the other is the client that accesses this machine. I've recorded a video to demonstrate this: my Atari ST is running the server software whilst my Mac connects to it. The caveat is the need for a hard drive because floppy disks are too slow and will time out. However, I have no hard drive myself but can confirm that a RamDisk works just fine.

ParCP-USB is a fantastic product that makes the job of transferring files a doddle. Highly recommended.

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