Mike Szczys of Hack A Day wrote in with this guide to hacking parallel ports on old computers.

It turns out it’s super easy to use the parallel port (most likely hasn’t been used for years IF your machine has one) to trigger external electronic projects. I’m using an NPN transistor to use pin 1 of the parallel port as if it were a button connected to my ATtiny13.

John Baichtal

John Baichtal

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  • Anonymous

    Not just an interface, you even can use a parallel port as ISP  programmer for your atmega controller!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210335479 Bob Darlington

    I wrote an article on Linux parallel port programming back in ’97: http://www.phrack.org/issues.html?issue=50&id=11#article    The code may still compile cleanly but haven’t tried in years.