|If I'm not mistaken, you would have to use special software to connect over a parallel cable. If memory serves me, and it's been about a decade or more since I touched this old technology, the software is called "laplink" or something like that.|
To be honest, I don't think you can use a "regular" parallel cable for this either. It seems to me you need to use a "null modem cable" which has a different pinout configuration from the parallel cable you'd use for say, a printer.
It makes a whole lot more sense to buy a crossover network cable and directly connect the two with that. It's not only a whole lot easier to setup and use, it's a ton faster too.
It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.